The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Patrick Caron

Vice president for International Affairs at University of Montpellier and President of Agropolis International

Co-President, Foresight4Food, Foresight for Farming

Patrick Caron


Patrick Caron is a veterinary doctor, PhD in development geography. He is a specialist of farming systems and territorial dynamics, with a special focus on livestock farming. He is the International Director at Montpellier University of Excellence - MUSE and he has been appointed Vice President for International Affairs of the University of Montpellier in January 2019.

He joined CIRAD in 1988 where he has been Director-General for research and strategy from 2010 to 2016, after having served as scientific director for the “Territories, Environment and People" Department of CIRAD (2001-2004) and as "Environments and Societies" Department director from 2007 to 2010. His works relate to the analysis of the role of agriculture and livestock in rural transformations, particularly in Brazil, Southern Africa and the Near East.

He is a member of many institutional and inter-institutional bodies. He is, in particular, chairing the Scientific Council of AgroParisTech and a member of the French National Council for Development and International Solidarity. In 2015 he chaired the Organizing committee of the Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (Montpellier, France), in 2016 of the international conference Agrichains and sustainable development and in 2017 the international conference on Living Territories.

He has been appointed as the Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in November 2015 and once again in November 2017 (until 2019).


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