The National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra) was founded in 1946 and became a national public scientific and technological establishment under
the joint authority of the Ministries of Research and Agriculture. Its objectives are:
- to serve the public interest, whilst maintaining consistency between its research goals and the demands of society;
- to acquire and disseminate information on scientific knowledge and innovation, particularly in the fields of agriculture, food and the environment;
- to contribute to decision-making and training, to promote the transfer of scientific knowledge and participate in the science-society debate.