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French Institute for Life, Food and Horticultural Sciences and Landscaping

TEAM - Actors : "Transitions in Environmental and agrifood systems management"

Master's in Agrosciences, environment, territories, landscape, forest

Program adapted to English speaking students

The major environmental issues (climate change, erosion of biodiversity, protection of vital natural resources such as water, air and soil) and societal issues (political and economic crisis linked to the process of globalization of trade, inequality of access to natural resources, food stakes for a growing population) mark the first decades of the 21st century, as well as innovative solutions, combining local dimensions and multi-actor and multi-scalar networks.

This master program has been built on the basis of a prospective describing the evolution of the professions in environment with many professionals involved. Several observations have emerged: the environmental dimension is essential in public decision-making. Climate change and the preservation of resources (biodiversity, water, soil) require adapting the scenarios of development and spatial planning. Several laws (energy transition, biodiversity laws, the Water Framework Directive, etc.) provide an evolving regulatory framework. New agricultural models placing the environment at the center of technical practices are emerging. The productive question of agriculture comes back in public issues via food. Urban public decisions affect rural areas.

It has 2 specific characteristics that are necessary to approach complex environmental issues (natural resources management, food systems):

  1. the close link between engineering and social sciences in order to understand the complexity of processes linked to these objects: multi-stakes, multi-actors
  2. the approach to these issues at the systemic level of the territory.

Based on close interactions between the scientific world and the professional world, it responds to new public demands for a management of resources and territories responding to the major stakes of society in the environmental, agricultural and food fields.



Course supervisor
Catherine DARROT

Course coordinator
Hussein Al Mohammad