Resident Regional Director for Southeast Asia
French Agricultural Research Centre for International
Alain Rival is an agronomist by training and he received his PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Montpellier in 1988. He spent the first years of his career (1985–1995) running collaborative plant biotechnology programs overseas (Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Malaysia, Costa Rica). He designed and managed international research projects in plant sciences dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of innovative planting materials in the tropics. Dr. Rival was Research Director in Life Sciences at the University of Paris in 1997 and has been a professor in biology and physiology since 2002. Alain was awarded a Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship from the European Commission to conduct research at CSIRO Plant Industry (Australia). Dr. Rival is the author of more than 60 research articles and book chapters. He is presently the CIRAD Resident Regional Director for South East Asia, based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Session 4D: EU-Southeast Asia S&T Collaboration for Food Security: The CIRAD Experience