Marion Guillou / President of INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)

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Born in 1954, Guillou is an alumnus of the Ecole Polytechnique (1973) and was appointed head of the school's governing board in March 2008. She holds a doctorate in physico-chemistry, is a general engineer of the French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, and a member of the French Academy of Agriculture.

After being the Director-General of INRA from August 2000 to July 2004, Marion Guillou was nominated President of INRA in 2004. In 2009 she became President of AGREENIUM, the National Consortium for agriculture, food, animal health and the environment, founded by INRA, CIRAD, AgroParisTech, Agrocampus Ouest, Montpellier SupAgro and ENV Toulouse in order to face the global challenges.

As director-general of food and nutrition at the French Ministry of Agriculture, Guillou spearheaded the reorganisation of that division, which now counts the quality and safety of agricultural products and food as its main concerns.

Guillou was also a former director of industrial relations and research optimisation at INRA, researcher at the University of Nantes physico-chemical laboratory, regional delegate for research and technology in the Loire Region, head of the regional workshop for economic studies and rural development at the regional directorate for agriculture and forestry in Nantes, and adviser to the Minister of Agriculture.

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By Marion Guillou on ParisTech Review

Nourrir plus de 9 milliards d'individus à l'horizon 2050 dans un cadre de développement durable n'est pas impossible, mais seulement sous réserve que certaines conditions soient remplies. Parmi celles-ci, mettre en place des mécanismes permettant de limiter l'instabilité des prix agricoles, augmenter la production agricole dans le respect des exigences du développement durable, réduire les pertes et les gaspillages à tous les stades, de la sortie du champ à l'assiette du consommateur, et sécuriser les échanges agricoles internationaux.
Feeding more than nine billion people by year 2050 in a sustainable way is not an impossible task provided certain conditions are met. These include limiting agricultural price instability, increasing agricultural production, reducing losses and wastage from field to plate and securing international agricultural trade.

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