Facing with the challenges of climate change, agro-ecological transition, and consumer expectations, the agricultural world needs more than ever to rely on an innovative and efficient Research and Development network.

Acta, who supports, leads and represents the network of the 18 French Agricultural Technical Institutes – applied research organizations working for all agricultural animal and plant production – meets this need.

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Our missions

  • Represent and lead the network of agricultural technical institutes.
  • Federate the agricultural technical institutes on the major challenges of sustainable agriculture: competitiveness of agricultural businesses, climate change, digital transition, agro-ecological transition and biodiversity, One health and animal welfare.
  • Mobilize the expertise of agricultural technical institutes to enlighten public authorities and the farming community on cross-cutting issues of general interest.
  • Promote the scientific value of the work carried out by agricultural technical institutes at different territorial levels.
  • Promote the involvement of agricultural technical institutes in European projects and develop innovation partnerships.
  • Contribute to eco-responsible, competitive and sustainable agriculture.
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Participatory Governance

An association created and led by professionals from both animal and plant sectors and recognized by public authorities.

Acta is led by a Board of Directors composed by the technical agricultural institutes’ representatives, farmers’ representatives, a general economic and financial controller on behalf of the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and a representative of the State from the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty.

Applied agricultural research

Acta ensures the strengthening of cross-cutting approaches and collaborations between its members but also with research organizations, agricultural chambers, professional agricultural organizations, and public authorities.

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The European scale

Involved in several major European projects, Acta showcases the regional and national expertise of the French agricultural sector internationally.

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Acta in the French regions and overseas territories

With a network of more than 2,200 employees, including 1,700 doctors, engineers, and technicians; and 200 locations in mainland  and overseas, Acta brings out innovation, meets current and future challenges, and supports farmers in the agroecological transition.

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