The mission of the National Institute for Agricultural Research  "INRA" is to undertake research for agricultural development. It is a public institution whose origins date back to 1914, with the creation of the first official agricultural research services. It has recently undergone a structural reorganization aimed at modernizing its management processes.

The aim of the new organization is to provide the institution with :
- appropriate strategic planning to strengthen its ability to adapt, react to and anticipate social demand for agricultural research;
- a proximity policy based on the regionalization and deconcentration of research;
- integrated monitoring, evaluation and control system;
- integrated and rational resource management;
- product development policy;
- a coherent information and cooperation policy.

INRA operates through ten regional agricultural research centers and 23 experimental stations spread across the country, covering the country's various agrosystems.
INRA's research projects are defined with the participation of regional partners, customers and specifiers. They are carried out by thirty research units housed in the Regional Centers. At central level, they are overseen by ten disciplinary scientific departments.

To accomplish its mission and keep abreast of the latest scientific developments, INRA maintains partnerships with national and international organizations, development agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.