We are the leading Italian research organization dedicated to the agri-food supply chains. We operate as a legal entity under public law, and are supervised by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies (Mipaaft). Our scientific activity covers agricultural crops, livestock, fishery, forestry, agro-industry, food science – and socio-economics . We have full scientific, statutory, organizational, administrative and financial autonomy. CREA was established in 2015, from the merging of CRA (Council for Agricultural Research) and INEA (National Institute of Agricultural Economics), two country-wide institutions active since mid of last century”.
To deal with the great challenges of the twenty-first century related to food production sustainability, following the principles of the circular, bio-based economy through a multidisciplinary approach that includes innovation transfer.
Our know-how ranges from genetics and physiology to mechanics and robotics; from innovative techniques for the management of sustainable productions, including practices to improve soil fertility and plant protection, to silviculture, under natural and cultivated ecosystems, and livestock farming; from agro-food industry processes to the nutritional properties of foods and dietary aspects. Consumer protection and education as well as waste reduction are also a top priority in all our activities.
We employ over 2000 people, half of whom are researchers and technologists.
We possess several farms and experimental fields, allowing us to carry out our studies in the same conditions farmers operate under. This enable us to validate the results of our researches, verifying their feasibility and to ease dissemination to the final users.
In 2015, we became CREA, former Council for Agricultural Research – CRA, a country-wide institution. The new organization foresees 12 research centers (6 related to specific supply chains and 6 dedicated to horizontal topics) which are forming a capillary network of structures throughout the country. The reform of the Institution has allowed to rationalize financial and personnel resources, forming the critical mass needed to deliver cutting edge research results.
CREA Head Office overseas the Research Centers and is organized as follows:
Full Professor of Agronomy and herbaceous cultivation at the University of Teramo.
Scientific Coordinator of the first level of the "Precision Agriculture" University Master, academic year 2016/2017.
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Councilor of agriculture for the Region of Tuscany, mountain policies and policies for the sea.
Member of the Board appointed by the State Regions Conference.
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Dr. Alexia Giovannetti
The Scientific Committee
The Scientific Committee coordinates and addresses CREA scientific policy. It is composed of President - who presides it - and twelve renowned scientists, recognized for their competence in the research areas of each Center. The Committee is appointed by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food Forestry and Tourism Policies as follows: one third is nominated by the Research Centers (researchers and technologists of the institution), the remaining members are chosen, by the Ministry himself, among highly qualified Italian and foreign scientists.
Dr. Anna Benedetti – Coordinator
Dr. Marina Natalini
Dr. Maria Grazia Piazza
CREA Three-Year Plan of activities
The Scientific Committee in compliance with CREA Mission draws the three-year plan of activities.
The Plan is in accordance with the National Research Program guidelines ( as for Article 1, paragraph 2, of Legislative Decree 5 June 1998, n. 204.) and in accordance with the guidelines of the supervising Ministry. The Plan - annually updated - includes a wider and long-term strategic vision for the development of CREA activity. Moreover, it defines any changes of the personnel needs, upon proposal of the Director General and in compliance with the current legislation limits regarding personnel expenses.
The Board of Auditors
The Board of Auditors carries out supervision activity in compliance with Article 2403 of the Italian Civil Code and Article 20 of Legislative Decree 30 June 2011, n. 123.
The members of the Board of Auditors attend the Board of Administration meetings..
Nomination Decree Board of Auditors.
- President - Dr. Laura Belmonte
- Effective member - Cr. Luca Fazio
- Effective member - Dr. Carlo Regoliosi
- Deputy General Proc. - Pasquale Principato
Delegate to control pursuant to art. 12 of the Law of 21 March 1958.
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Dr. Laura Damiano
The Director General is responsible for CREA administrative management. He manages and supervises both the organization and the functioning of every office of both the Central Administration and the 12 Centres.
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Dr. Laura Damiano
Ms. Maria Luigia Pallotti
Dr. Lucia Lucera
Ms. Daniela Meloccaro
Sr. Andrea Campeti
Arch. Carlo Antonio Mammano
Information Systems Office
Eng. Massimo Farroni
Eng. Riccardo Scano
Dr. Mauro Magini
Ms. Rosella Brandini