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Franco-Indian seminar on scientific cooperation in agricultural research

From 9 to 11 March 2015, a seminar was organised jointly by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). The goal of the seminar, held in New Delhi, India, was to identify opportunities for the two countries to work together.

mission Inde 9-11 mars 2015. © INRA
Updated on 09/22/2017
Published on 03/13/2015

A scientific session related to the meta-programme DID’IT was led by Jean-Michel Chardigny of INRA and Rajesh Kapur, advisor to the Indian government for issues related to public health, food and nutrition.

Particular attention was paid to the issue of nutrition in India, notably the need to take into account the 40% of children who are malnourished, and deficiencies in iron and vitamin A. 

Discussions focused on the issue of protein intake via a mix of grains and legumes in different diets, adapted to French and Indian food habits (pasta, idli, etc.) and accessible to the greatest number of people possible.

At the close of the seminar, the decision was taken to submit a joint research project on the issue of “Designing basic foods to prevent sarcopenia” to CEFIPRA (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research) for funding. Potential Indian partners include, notably, St John’s Institute of Research in Bangalore and the University of Pondicherry.

The creation of an international associated lab is also under consideration.

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