Situated at the heart of France’s most dynamic town, Montpellier SupAgro is an international centre of higher education that specialises in agricultural sciences. Offering courses from Bachelor Degrees to PhDs, SupAgro has 1,500 students, 100 teacher-researchers, and 430 members of staff. Its varied engineer training curricula are also of surpassing quality.
SupAgro’s driving principles are Innovation, Openness, and Responsibility. These principles fuel the institute’s ambition to produce the sort of actors who can actively shape and design the new agricultural revolution that will both feed the planet and successfully manage sustainable resources and territories. Montpellier SupAgro is home to the Consortium Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) headquarters, a body that has 8,500 researchers and is a world leader in agricultural sciences.
As befits its identity as an agricultural institute, Montpellier SupAgro will play a central role in the food aspect of the WEF Nexus. The national strategy and university platform will both receive contributions from the institute. It will also be responsible for Work Package 3, which revolves around development of the WEF Training programme, in addition to the first training module. SupAgro’s expertise through its UNSECO Chair in World Food Systems (WFS) will be passed on to the Egyptian academic partners, as it provides a vital multidisciplinary approach that combines social and biotechnical sciences. This UNSECO Chair is tasked with increasing and disseminating academic and empirical knowledge on World Food Systems.
Montpellier SupAgro will also introduce the Egyptian academics to the University Twining and Networking (Unitwin) which devotes itself to the same theme, boasting partners across the globe in order that it may increase the international prominence of the project through involvement of other institutions and enterprises in WEF topics.