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The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research & Technology (INIA)

Who are they?

The National Institute for agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is a Spanish public research institute which belongs to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MCIU). Its priority objectives are, in coordination with the Autonomous Regions, to satisfy the new research demands on agricultural, livestock and forestry production, mitigate the effects of global change and contribute to food safety and the fight against hunger.

INIA carries out R&D&I activities in the agri-food sector through different centres as: Forest Re-search Centre (CIFOR), Animal Health Research Centre (CISA), Plant Genetic Resources Centre (CRF), and departments as: Biotechnology, Environment, Animal Breeding, Plant Protection, Animal Reproduction and Food Technology. Other research activities are also carried out at the Plant Biotechnology and Genomics Centre (Soria), the Organic and Mountain Agriculture Centre (Plasencia) and the national R&D Centre for Iberian Swine (Zafra).
At international level, INIA takes part in a variety of organisations, as the Spanish representative to the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), GRA (Global Re-search Alliance), and Cooperative Research Programme (CRP-OECD). Of special interest is scientific and technological cooperation with Latin-America through INIAs Network and FONTAGRO (Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology).
On European level, INIA has been involved in most of the ERA-NETs and initiatives in FP7 and H2020 related to agri-food (AuthentNet, Core-Organic, SUSFOOD, ARIMNET, SusAn, SusCrop, etc). In relation to science policy in the field of agri-food research, INIA holds the Spanish representation in the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), and actively participates in the SCAR Food Systems Working Group. In addition, INIA is member of the European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI), and member of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE JPI).

How are they involved in SUSFOOD?
INIA has been involved in SUSFOOD ERA-NET (1st and 2nd calls), funding four projects (CEREAL, BerryPom, ProRef, RF-cooking of Ham). After the administrative changes in Spain, with the funding competences being transferred to the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI-Agencia Estatal de Investigación), INIA has been collaborating in SUSFOOD2 as a contributor in WP5 (communication) and WP6 (strategy).

Who is involved: Maria Isabel Gobernado Mitre