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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Indian Ocean: mobilizing players in the region to boost food security

Backed up by its substantial experience of the Indian Ocean, CIRAD has just signed a general agreement confirming the creation of a regional agricultural research for development (AR4D) platform (PReRAD), in partnership with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the préfecture in Réunion and the Réunion Regional Council. The aim is to mobilize local and regional players more effectively with a view to boosting food security in the Indian Ocean.
CIRAD is increasingly committed to the agricultural and economic development of Réunion, with the support of the international community. The creation of a regional agricultural research for development (AR4D) platform (PReRAD) is the most recent example. It follows the signing on 5 June 2014 of a general agreement on scientific cooperation between the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), CIRAD, the préfecture in Réunion and the Réunion Regional Council itself. The aim is to mobilize local and regional players more effectively with a view to boosting food security in the Indian Ocean.
"Based on the work CIRAD is doing in Réunion and Madagascar, we are in a position to build scientific partnerships on a regional level with IOC institutions in the zone ", says Michel Eddi, CIRAD President Managing Director. CIRAD in Réunion is to become the main base for the platform , which will be geared towards major research topics: animal and human health, biodiversity and plant health, quality agrifood systems, organic matter recycling, and agro-environmental services generated by agricultural activities.

Source: CIRAD