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 June 15 with the team of teacher-researchers, partners (Bordeaux University Foundation, University of Bordeaux and INRAE) and representatives of sponsoring companies. A three-year action plan will structure the activities of the Chair until 2024. Among the objectives identified, the Organic Agriculture Chair wishes to promote dialogue between the organic sector and researchers, mobilize students on large-scale professional projects in response to questions from the Chair. and to co-construct training offers to ensure the development of organic farming.

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

A chair to meet the challenges of a strategic agricultural sector
Consumer concerns about health and environmental issues have contributed to the growing attractiveness of organic products. Aware of this growth dynamic, the New Aquitaine school of agronomy, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, launched the Organic Agriculture Chair whose mission can be formulated around the following objectives:

– Create a bridge between the scientific world and the organic sector in order to identify the expectations of the sector, respond to certain problems and identify concrete solutions to meet the challenges of the sector.

– Co-construct, with actors from the socio-economic field, initial and/or professional training to enable students of Bordeaux Sciences Agro to acquire a solid knowledge of organic farming, based on research results and experiences ground.

– Implementation of 5 to 6 professional projects carried out by students to help them immerse themselves and identify the key issues of this mode of production of the future.

– Organize at least 3 seminars and scientific workshops articulated around prospective themes.

“The rise of organic farming raises many technical, economic and societal questions and generates new needs in terms of skills. With our partners, we really wanted to launch a joint Chair to meet these challenges 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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