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IDEAS, the Initiative for Design in Agrifood Systems, was born from the desire of three INRAE departments (ACT, Agroecosystem, and TRANSFORM), in coordination with AgroParisTech, to foster synergies between their research units’ different projects on and for design. IDEAS' expertise pertains to the analysis and implementation of participatory processes to design new products, technologies and services in agri-food systems, combining a range of disciplines: agronomy, food science and bioproducts, (bio)process engineering for food processing, ecology and genetics, zootechnics, the humanities and social sciences, and modelling.

Our work concerns three core activities: research for and on design methods; training actors and students to disseminate these methods; and supporting design projects with our support platform, in partnership with various innovation actors (from agricultural development, research, industry, etc.).

IDEAS presentation video


06 May 2021


Designing a research agenda for coupled innovation towards sustainable agrifood systems – presentation of the collective article by Brun et al. (2021)

On Thursday 6 May at 2:00pm, Jean-Marc Meynard, UMR SAD-APT et Caroline Pénicaud, UMR SayFood,, will present the article published in the journal Agricultural Systems, titled “Designing a research agenda for coupled innovation towards sustainable agrifood systems”, co-authored by Juliette Brun, Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy, Caroline Pénicaud, Marianne Cerf and Jean-Marc Meynard.
On Friday 2 July 2021, Anne Périnellewill present her PhD thesis , carried out under the direction of Jean-Marc Meynard (SAD-APT) and Eric Scopel (UPR Aïda, Cirad, Montpellier). Her thesis is titled "Co-design of innovative cropping systems with two communities in Burkina Faso: Combining innovations tracking, participatory prototyping trials and farmers’ trials.".
2022 - Maude Quinio, Laurence Guichard, Paola Salazar, Françoise Détienne, Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy
2021 - Quentin Toffolini, Mathieu Capitaine, Mourad Hannachi, Marianne Cerf

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