THE FRENCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR ORGANIC FARMING


ITAB aims to connect research activities and stakeholders in order to develop organic agriculture.



3 MAIN ACTIVITIES


Networking activities


To facilitate partnerships and to implement innovation networks & tools. ITAB works with
500 stakeholders in partnership (public and private research organisations (INRA...), farmers and farmer associations (FNAB network, cooperatives), advisors (Chambers of agriculture), training centers and universities, Agence Bio, SMEs...)


Research and development

To build up and carry out on-farm experiments, national and international projects involving various stakeholders


ITAB has 30 years of experience in organic research and developed an expertise in various topics such as livestock, arable crops, horticulture, winegrowing and fruit crops, organic seeds and plant breeding, soil management, crop protection, animal health, Food system and quality. During the last 10 years, ITAB developed more than 30 national multi-actors projects (especially through national funding for multi-actor projects in agriculture and innovation).


Dissemination activities

To share knowledge and research results through publications, workshops, national and international conferences


The www.itab.asso.fr website provides a lot of free technical information (e.g. more than 600 technical booklets on line). There is currently a 22 full time equivalent staff, mainly composed of engineers.




INVOLVEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES


Thanks to its involvement in several EU-projects and consortiums such as DIVERSIFOOD (H2020 – ITAB WP leader), SOLIBAM (FP7), COBRA (CORE Organic II) or ECO-PB as well as national projects such as ProABiodiv, ITAB developed skills in transdisciplinary research, sensory quality assessments (tools and methodology for plant breeding), community seed systems and management of genetic resources, organic seeds production and organic plant breeding (traits, strategies, regulations) and on multi-actors project management. ITAB is currently involved in two European Thematic Networks dealing with innovations in agriculture (OK-Net Arable and AGRISPIN).



6 ORGANIC EXPERIMENTAL SITES, 45 STAFF

ITAB is strongly connected with 8 of its members involved in organic trials and experimentations: 6 organic experimental sites (GRAB, CREAB, PAIS, CIVAM Bio66, Archigny, Thorigné d’Anjou) and 2 regional research centres (IBB, Pôle bio). 











ITAB is member of IFOAM and TIPI



Contact

Fréderic REY
International department manager
frederic.rey@itab.asso.fr
+33 4 68 47 85 36

Vianney LE PICHON
Innovation partnership
direction@grab.fr
+33 6 82 23 30 24

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