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Partner 14: Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA)

                                                    Key Staff Involved in 3SR:
Mario Poli
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The Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria- INTA is a public decentralized body subordinated to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food with operative and financial autarchy created in 1956.

INTA’s mission is: “To carry out and foster actions addressing the innovation of agricultural and livestock, agro-food and agro-industrial sectors to contribute to the competitiveness of agro-industrial chains, environmental health and sustainability of productive systems, social equity and territorial development, through research, technological development and extension”. The INTA’s activities are oriented to general research and extension strategies towards generating, adjusting and transferring technology for the development of production systems of all regions of Argentina.

Development includes technology for:

  • increasing productivity;
  • increasing the profitability of the agriculture sector;
  • improving rural family quality of life; improving diversity and quality of agriculture products;
  • managing natural resources in a sustainable way.

Adaptive experimentation and rural extension aims to improve technology adoption, to develop regional economies and smallholders systems, to detect production systems demands and to train professionals, farmers and rural workers.

INTA develops an active relationship policy with different members of the National Technologic and Scientific System, as well as with national, provincial, municipal bodies and with entities related to the agricultural, livestock, agro-food and agro-industrial sector. The fundamental attributes of INTA are: Technical and administrative decentralization; Participation of technology users in INTA´s decision making at all levels; Cooperative research and extension with provinces, universities and international organizations make more efficient the use of humane and financial resources; Distribution of its operating units through the whole territory, covering country's different ecological regions; Organization of research and technology transfer through technical programs, special projects and work plans; Interdisciplinary work groups for an integrated approach to problems and relevant studies; Selection of all level personnel by the way of precedent contests, assuring their qualification for each position. Professionals full time dedication to their jobs; Professionals formal training in foreign or domestic postgraduate studies and other formative actions; Training of novel professionals through scholarships for graduate students; Explicit exclusion of any inspection or controlling functions of agricultural production, to avoid conflicts with farmers. Joint venture agreements with private companies to develop INTA´s innovations for the market; Permanent contact with the demands of consumers, markets and agro-industries.

The INTA organization relies on 15 Regional Centres with 47 Agricultural and Livestock Experimental Stations and over 260 Extension Units that cover the whole country plus 4 Research Centres with 15 Institutes. Headcount amounts to 5,868 employees: 44% are professionals, 29% are support staff and 28% are technicians. Furthermore, INTA has 362 trainees (professionals recently graduated from Universities).

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