Covered market at Brive la Gaillarde. © INRA, Bertrand NICOLAS

Towards more sustainable food supplies

Organisation of the duALIne workshop

Launched in November 2009 and completed in June 2011, the duALIne project involved some 125 specialists in food systems who worked in the context of ten workshops over a period of 18 months.  Their findings were reported and discussed on 29 March 2011 during a public symposium. They were also reported in the form of a book, published in 2011 by éditions Quae.

Updated on 02/22/2013
Published on 12/17/2012

The experts analysed the international bibliography in order to identify major gaps in knowledge and highlight priority research areas to be addressed by the national and international scientific community.  They were divided between ten workshops which all interacted so as to enable an exchange of views. Two general assemblies and a public symposium to debate the preliminary findings marked different stages in the gradual integration of the results. Work in progress was regularly reviewed by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from all stakeholders (agricultural organisations, industry, distributors, environmental protection associations, consumer associations, national and international government representatives and qualified personalities).

Organisation and links between workshops. The work of each workshop gave rise to a chapter in the book.. © INRA
Organisation and links between workshops. The work of each workshop gave rise to a chapter in the book. © INRA

The ten workshops

In each workshop, the experts organised their bibliographical research around several objectives :

  • to produce an inventory of the major forces and determinants governing past changes
  • to produce an inventory of what we currently know about the sustainability of current food systems, and to focus more specifically on :

–   identifying critical points by taking account of environmental, social and economic challenges,

–   characterising (by the Methods workshop) tools to measure impacts,

–   understanding mechanisms of all types that impact these critical points,

–   identifying and evaluating levers and areas for action to improve their sustainability. 

  •  in light of this inventory, to propose infrastructure needs and priority issues to be addressed by research

The people involved

-   Management team: Catherine Esnouf (joint leader, INRA), Marie Russel (coordinator, INRA) and Nicolas Bricas (joint leader, CIRAD).

-   Leaders of workshops and studies: Joël Aubin (INRA), Philippe Chemineau (INRA), Paul Colonna (INRA), Pierre Combris (INRA), Nicole Darmon (INRA), Carl Gaigné (INRA), Sébastien Jean (INRA), Stéphane Fournier (Montpellier SupAgro), Barbara Redlingshöfer (INRA), Louis-Georges Soler (INRA) and Annie Soyeux (Ministry of Agriculture).

-   Steering Committee, involving public, private and institutional stakeholders, chaired by Marion Guillou (INRA) and Gérard Matheron (CIRAD).

-   The INRA documentalists: Armelle Champenois, Sophie Le Perchec, Vanessa Méry and Lise Frappier.

-   Experts from academia, public institutions, associations and industry.