THE FRENCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR ORGANIC FARMING
ITAB aims to connect research activities and stakeholders in order to
develop organic agriculture.
3 MAIN ACTIVITIES
To facilitate partnerships and to implement innovation networks & tools. ITAB works with 500 stakeholders in partnership (public
and private research organisations (INRA...), farmers and farmer
associations (FNAB network, cooperatives), advisors (Chambers of
agriculture), training centers and universities, Agence Bio, SMEs...)
Research and development
To build up and carry out on-farm experiments, national and international projects involving various stakeholders
ITAB has 30
years of experience in organic research and developed an expertise in various
topics such as livestock, arable crops, horticulture, winegrowing and fruit
crops, organic seeds and plant breeding, soil management, crop protection,
animal health, Food system and quality. During the last 10 years, ITAB
developed more than 30 national multi-actors projects (especially through
national funding for multi-actor projects in agriculture and innovation).
To share knowledge and research results through publications, workshops, national and international conferences
The www.itab.asso.fr website provides a lot of
free technical information (e.g. more than 600 technical booklets on line). There is currently a 22 full time equivalent
staff, mainly composed of engineers.
INVOLVEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
to its involvement in several EU-projects and consortiums such as DIVERSIFOOD
(H2020 – ITAB WP leader), SOLIBAM (FP7), COBRA (CORE Organic II) or ECO-PB as
well as national projects such as ProABiodiv, ITAB developed skills in
transdisciplinary research, sensory quality assessments (tools and methodology
for plant breeding), community seed systems and management of genetic
resources, organic seeds production and organic plant breeding (traits,
strategies, regulations) and on multi-actors project management. ITAB is
currently involved in two European Thematic Networks dealing with innovations
in agriculture (OK-Net Arable and AGRISPIN).
6 ORGANIC EXPERIMENTAL SITES, 45 STAFF
ITAB is strongly connected with 8 of its
members involved in organic trials and experimentations: 6 organic experimental
sites (GRAB, CREAB, PAIS, CIVAM Bio66, Archigny, Thorigné d’Anjou) and 2
regional research centres (IBB, Pôle bio).
ITAB is member of IFOAM and TIPI
International department manager
+33 4 68 47 85 36
Vianney LE PICHON
+33 6 82 23 30 24