The Chair

In the spring of 2011, Montpellier SupAgro created a Chair on world food systems, labeled by the UNESCO within the framework of the Unitwin/UNESCO Chairs international programme, in partnership with the Agropolis International institutions. It is now supported by Agropolis Fondation and the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.

The aim of the UNESCO Chair on World Food Systems (WFS) is to increase and disseminate academic and empirical knowledge on world food systems (in particular urban food systems), their diversity, their dynamics and their human and environmental impacts from the standpoint of sustainable development : qualitative improvement of food diets, reduced access to food inequalities, food production systems and optimized logistics, limiting food waste and recycling waste streams to local roots, feeding practices, etc.

The Chair relies on a network of researchers and teachers in Montpellier, France and the world, notably involved in the management bodies of the Chair (Steering committee, SC) and in its Unitwin network (University Twining and Networking).

The WFS Unesco Chair carries out activities of :

  • research: promote the development and sharing within multidisciplinary approach crossing biotechnical sciences and social sciences ;
  • education: transferring scientific and technical knowledge through education and training, particularly in the context of the annual seminar and Honour Master’s Degree "Innovations and Policies for Sustainable Food" (IPAD);
  • sharing knowledge: setting up of conferences and debates between science, politics, business and the general public.

It works closely with the UNESCO Chair "Safeguarding and Promotion of Cultural Food Heritages", hosted by the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, and is part of a national network of UNESCO Chairs.

The executive committee

Marie-Josèphe Amiot Carlin Voir la fiche
Nutritionist, Inra, UMR Nort

Sylvie Avallone Voir la fiche
Nutritionist, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Nutripass

Nicolas Bricas Voir la fiche
Socio-economist, director of the Chair, Cirad, UMR Moisa

Antoine Collignan Voir la fiche
Technologist, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Qualisud

Damien Conaré
Secretary general, Montpellier SupAgro

Jacques David Voir la fiche
Geneticist, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Agap

Marc Dedeire Voir la fiche
Geographer, University Montpellier 3, UMR Artdev

Hugo De Vries Voir la fiche
Technologist, Inra, UMR Iate

Fatiha Fort Voir la fiche
Management sciences (marketing), Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Moisa

Stéphane Fournier Voir la fiche
Economist, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Innovation

Etienne Hainzelin
Agronomist, executive management, Cirad

Myriam Kessari Voir la fiche
Economist, Montpellier Business School, MRM

Eléonore Loiseau Voir la fiche
Industrial ecology (life cycle analysis), Irstea, UMR Itap
Selim Louafi Voir la fiche
Politics economist, Cirad, UMR Agap
Eric Malézieux Voir la fiche
Agronomist, Cirad, UR Hortsys
Yves Martin Prevel Voir la fiche
Nutritionist, IRD, UMR Nutripass
Florence Palpacuer Voir la fiche
Management sciences, Université Montpellier, MRM
Dominique Paturel Voir la fiche
Management sciences, Inra, UMR Innovation
Véronique Planchot
Technologist, Inra, UMR Iate
Jean-Louis Rastoin Voir la fiche
Management sciences, emeritus professor, founder of the Chair, Montpellier SupAgro

Lucie Siriex Voir la fiche
Management sciences (marketing), Montpellier SupAgro, UMR MOISA

Guilhem Soutou
Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation

Leïla Temri Voir la fiche
Management sciences, Montpellier SupAgro, UMR Moisa

Christine Ton Nu Voir la fiche
Deputy director, IAMM

Strategic Orientation Committee

The Strategic Orientation Committee (SOC) is composed by international figures:

Representatives of academic institutions

Jacques Maillet, Director Institut des régions chaudes, Montpellier SupAgro, Chairman of the SOC
Frédéric Lapeyrie, Director Agreenium
Bernard Hubert, Chairman Agropolis International
Bertrand Hervieu, Vice-Chairman Ministère de l’Agriculture, CGAAER
Jean Audouze, Chairman, Commission Nationale française pour l’UNESCO (CNFU)

Representatives of donors

Pascal Kosuth, Director Agropolis Fondation
Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, General Delegate for the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

Civil society organisations

Mamadou Cissokho, Honorary Chairman, ROPPA (Senegal)
Dominique Chardon, Chairman Terroirs et Cultures

Qualified personalities

Gilles Trystram, Chief executive AgroParisTech
Javier Sans-Canada, Director of research Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid; SYAL and Unitwin network
Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil, Member of the board of the Fondation de France
John Daane, former chief executive of the ICRA
Sébastien Treyer, Program Officer IDDRI
Raoudha Khaldi, Director of the department of economy at INRA Tunisie and Unitwin network
Nicole Darmon, Director of research Inserm and Inra
Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food and Louvain University
Renato Maluf, Professor of economy Universidade Federal Rural, Rio de Janeiro
Jean-Pierre Poulain, Professor of sociology Toulouse University; Chair of Food Studies (Taylor’s University, Malaisie) and Unitwin Network
Marc de Ferrière, Professor of recent history François Rabelais University (Tours) and director of the Unesco Chair "Safeguarding and Promotion of Cultural Food Heritages"
Stéphane Guilbert, Professor of physico-chemical properties of biopolymers at Montpellier SupAgro.

Unitwin Network

unitwin The UNESCO Chairs Programme was designed to put forward research, training and promote the transfer of knowledge. This through the creation of a UNITWIN network ("University Twinning and Networking") to enhance international cooperation. Our UNITWIN Network is based on interpersonal relationships developed with researchers from universities around the world.


Jean-Philippe Revillion Voir la fiche
Université Fédérale Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Paulo Jose do Amaral Sobral Voir la fiche
Universidade de Sao Paolo, Brazil

Jaime Ferstenseifer, Rute T. Silva-Ribeiro
Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil

François Coderre
Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Guy Debailleul, Geneviève Parent Voir la fiche
Université Laval, Canada

Leila Hamzaoui-Essoussi Voir la fiche
Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Hugo A. Munoz
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Lawrence Bush Voir la fiche, Raymond Jussaume, Wynne Wright Voir la fiche, Jim Bingen Voir la fiche
Michigan State University, United States of America

Lydia Zepeda
University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America

Luisa Elena Molina Voir la fiche, Juan Carlos Rivero Ballestro
Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela


Javier Sanz Cañada
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), European research Group SYAL, Spain

Dionisio Ortiz Voir la fiche
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Oscar Alfranca Voir la fiche
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Istvan Feher Voir la fiche, Katalin Kujani
Université de Gödôllö, Hungary

Pasquale De Muro Voir la fiche, George-André Simon Voir la fiche
Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia

Roberto Fanfani Voir la fiche
Universita di Bologna, Italia

Iuri Peri Voir la fiche
Universita degli studi di Catane, Italia

Virginie Amilien Voir la fiche
Statens Institutt for Forbruksforskning, Université d’Oslo, Norway

Ana Christina Figueira Voir la fiche, Maria Teresa de Noronha Voir la fiche
Université d’Algarve, Portugal

José Muchnik
ERG-SYAL (European Research Group sur les Systèmes Agroalimentaires Localisés), European Union


Johann Frederick Kirsten
Université de Pretoria, South Africa

Khadija Adel
Centre national de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle(CRASC), Algeria

Corinne Collette Mekhancha-Dahel Voir la fiche
Institut de la nutrition, de l’alimentation et des technologies agroalimentaires, Université de Constantine, Algeria

Pedro Makumbundu Kitoko
Université de Sao Paulo et Université Agostinho Neto Luanda, Angola ; membre du Conseil national de la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (CONSEA), Brazil

Mariatou Koné
Institut d’ethnosociologie, Université Cocody, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Siaka Koné
Ecole supérieure d’agronomie, Ivory Coast

Mohamed Larbi Sidmou Voir la fiche
Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech (UCAM), Morocco

Salamatou SOW
Université Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, Niger

Raoudha Khaldi Voir la fiche
Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRAT), Tunisia


Shagufa Kapadia Voir la fiche
Women’s Studies Research Centre, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India

Louis Augustin-Jean
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Koichi Ikegami Voir la fiche
Kinki University, Japan

Masaya Nakatsuka Voir la fiche
Kobe University, Japan

Nahla Hawlla et Rami Zurayak
Université américaine de Beyrouth, Lebanon

Jean-Pierre Poulain
Centre d’études du tourisme, de l’hôtellerie et de l’alimentation (Toulouse), Chair on Food Studies, Taylor’s University, Malaisia

Selim Cagatay Voir la fiche, Yavuz Tekelioglu Voir la fiche
Akdeniz University, Antalaya, Turkey