Supported structures: AGPH | ITSAP-Institut de l'abeille

The French network of technical institutes in agriculture.

Key figures


In 2019 : 46 collaborators (CDI) including Acta Digital Services

Total budget

In 2019 : 6 M€

Link to associated website

Acta was established in 1956 by the professional agricultural organizations. It federates 18 technical agricultural institutes (ITA) and affiliated applied research structures. Acta is steered by farmers and a Board of Directors made up of representatives of the ITAs, a general economic and financial controller representing the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and a State representative from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

On a day-to-day basis, Acta is a genuine forum for exchange and sharing at the confluence of missions of general interest and missions of specific interest to the sectors.

As a French network for applied research and development transfer, Acta's action is based on 5 key missions:

  • Representing technical agricultural institutes to public authorities and stakeholders (decision-makers, opinion leaders, etc.),
  • Contribute to an eco-responsible, competitive and sustainable agriculture,
  • Promote R&D in French agricultural sectors at different territorial scales,
  • To promote innovation and its transfer to farmers and businesses,
  • Federating expertise in the service of collective actions for agricultural sectors.

The main missions of the technical agricultural institutes (ITA)

  • Conducting applied research and development to provide sustainable operational solutions for farmers and value chains,
  • Combining scientific skills and field expertise to inform business and government decisions,
  • Assess and facilitate access to innovation,
  • Transfer and disseminate reliable and objective references.

The 2014-2020 Contract of Objectives

This contract between Acta and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food aims to provide a multiannual reference framework for the interventions of the technical agricultural institutes for CasDAR credits and to set priority objectives for the period 2014-2020. This collective commitment stems from a conviction shared by the authorities and professionals in the agricultural sectors: research and development is the essential lever for meeting the economic competitiveness needs of the agricultural and agri-food sectors, and for meeting society's expectations.

The 5 strategic orientations defined for the network head are :

  • Integrate scientific and technical knowledge for action,
  • Providing support to ITAs
  • Provide support to the Agricultural Innovation and Transfer Networks (RITA) in the French Overseas Departments,
  • To get to know the work of the ITAs better: collect, validate and valorise,
  • Publicity: communication and exchange of information.


Anne-Claire VIAL
Jean-Paul BORDES
Directeur Général
Françoise CORREIA
Assistance Direction Générale
Mehdi SINE
Directeur Scientifique, Technique et Numérique
Directrice Outre-Mer
Directeur Europe et Région
Sandrine HUET
Directrice Administration et Valorisation
Responsable Communication et Relations extérieures
Violaine LEJEUNE
Responsable Formation
1er Vice-président
Sébastien WINDSOR
Christian HUYGUE
Président du conseil d’orientation scientifique et technique du réseau Acta-ITA
Bénédicte HERBINET
Représentant de l'Etat
Marie-Françoise IDIR
Commissaire aux comptes