Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

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CIRAD is a French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. It has a staff of 1800, including 800 researchers. With those countries, it works to generate new knowledge, support agricultural development, and contribute to the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture, food and rural territories. CIRAD has a global network of research and training platforms in partnership and regional offices, through which it works hand in hand with more than 90 countries.

The Joint Research Unite UMR QUalisud has 102 staff including 68 researchers. It includes four different institutions: Cirad ; Montpellier SupAgro-Institut des Régions Chaudes ; Université de Montpellier 1-Faculté de Pharmacie et Université de Montpellier 2-Polytech Montpellier.

This unit has 16 researchers located abroad in French overseas departments (10 agents : Réunion, Martinique Guadeloupe), and in universities or research centers in Latino America and Asia (6 agents : Costa Rica, Mexique, Colombie, Trinidad, Thaïlande, Vietnam). The general objective of the research unit is to develop an integrated approach for the elaboration and the preservation of foodstuff in southern countries optimizing their safety, nutrition and sensorial quality. Regarding the control of food contaminants along the food chain, the team 2 of the UMR Qualisud conducts researches on natural bioactive substances and their application in fruit conservation or in aquaculture as an alternative to antibiotics in order to reduce the bacterial resistance in farmed fish products.

Samira Sarter - CIRADContact:

Contact person: Dr Samira Sarter, Senior Researcher, HDR.

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