Pascal Bergeret is Doctor in agricultural economics, Montpellier University (1986). He worked in agricultural research and development programmes in Nepal, Cameroon, and Vietnam. He was Head, environment and sustainable development, for GRET, a French NGO involved in international development work, and was later appointed as Director, Innovation Department, in the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forest. During that period he was mandated as French representative in SCAR. He is presently Director of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute, Montpellier, one of the four institutes of the International Centre for Higher Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).