Challenges for Agricultural Research

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As the world has changed during the past 50 years, so has agriculture. And so has agricultural research, which continues to confront new challenges, from food security to ecological concerns to land use issues. Indeed, as Guy Paillotin, the former president of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has noted, agricultural research “has reached new heights in biology and is exploring other disciplines. It is forever changing, as are the needs of the society”.

The changing challenges faced by agricultural research were examined in depth at a conference organised by the OECD’s Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, together with the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Agriculture. Participants came from all agricultural sectors and included farmers, industry, scientists and decision makers, as well as other stake holders.

This publication presents the twenty papers delivered at the conference. They highlight recent major progress in agricultural research outcomes and address the challenges that lie ahead.



Report from the CRP Reflection Group meeting on “Vision for the Future”

On 7 and 8 April 2008 the Management Committee of the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management of Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CRP), upon the request of the Governing Body, met in Budapest to consider a “Vision for the Future” for the CRP programme, with a view to contributing to the preparation of the CRP’s mandate for 2010-2014. In addition to members of the Management Committee, Tony Burne (former Chair of the Governing Body), Yvon Martel (Vice-Chair of the GB), Peter Keet (GB) and Jim Lynch (former Chair of the Management Committee) participated in the deliberations.


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