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Bordeaux Sciences Agro, University of Bordeaux and INRAE

France: launch of the Organic Agriculture Chair to promote and develop the organic sector

The launch of the Organic Agriculture Chair of Bordeaux Sciences Agro took place on the 15th of June with the team of teacher-researchers, the partners (Fondation Bordeaux Université, University of Bordeaux and INRAE) and representatives of sponsor companies. A three-year plan of action will structure the Chair’s activities until 2024. Among the objectives identified, the Organic Agriculture Chair wishes to promote dialogue between the organic sector and researchers, to mobilize students on large-scale professional projects in response to the Chair's questions and to co-construct training offers in order to ensure the development of organic agriculture.

Launch of the Organic Agriculture Chair at Bordeaux Sciences Agro/ © Bordeaux Sciences Agro 

A Chair to address the challenges of a strategic agricultural sector
Consumer concerns about issues related to health and the environment have contributed to the growing attractiveness of organic products. Aware of this growth dynamic, the agronomy school of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, has launched the Organic Agriculture Chair whose mission can be formulated around the following goals:

- Creating a bridge between the scientific world and the organic sector in order to identify the expectations of the sector, address some of the issues and identify concrete solutions to meet the challenges of the sector. 

- Co-constructing, with actors of the socio-economic field, some initial and/or professional training courses to allow the students of Bordeaux Sciences Agro to acquire a solid knowledge of organic agriculture, based on research results and field experiences.

- Setting up 5 to 6 professional projects carried out by students to help them immerse themselves and identify the key challenges of this mode of production of the future. 

- Organizing at least 3 scientific seminars and workshops articulated around prospective themes. 

“The rise of organic agriculture raises a number of technical, economic and societal questions and it generates new needs in terms of skills. With our partners, we really wanted to launch a common Chair to address these issues and consolidate the development of the sector,” according to Thomas Nesme and Isabelle Masneuf Pomarède, co-holders of the Organic Agriculture Chair.

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