Helping agricultural entrepreneurs with technological, economic and social changes in agriculture.

The role of the Agricultural risk management chair is to take stock of risks in agriculture and build a management model for these risks to provide farmers with new decision-making tools.

The chair is Sylvie Lupton, HDR (accreditation to supervise research) Associate Professor of Economics.

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Study and research program

The study and research program will focus on several themes:

  • farmers in their perception of risk today and tomorrow, their strategies and decision-making,
  • risk distribution between stakeholders in the sectors,
  • contribution of new technologies to farm management – new activities, new risk measurements,
  • agriculture and society — new scope in terms of risk.

Several projects have been conducted with engineering students and farmers in the various departments since September 2014:

  • from September to December 2014, four fifth-year students worked on risk mapping in relation to new technologies introduced to agriculture (e.g. methanogenesis),
  • from September 2014 to May 2015, two groups of four fourth-year students analyzed farmers’ risk perception.

Specific teaching modules will be created to develop risk culture among agricultural engineering students. These modules will consist of 20-hour training courses.

Our partner: Groupama Paris - Val-de-Loire

With its Groupama, Gan and Amaguiz subsidiaries, the Groupama group — one of the leading mutual insurance companies in France — is developing its insurance, banking and services businesses in 11 countries.

The top mutual insurer in France, the group has 13 million members and customers and 34,000 employees throughout the world, including 26,000 in France, and a turnover of €13.7 bn.

Groupama Paris Val de Loire is one of the nine regional entities of the Groupama group. Present in 14 French departments, including Paris and Ile-de-France, the regional office has 1,600 employees and 2,700 elected trustees who provide day-to-day support for the insurance and banking plans of 300,000 company members and customers.

Its network of 160 agencies, 195 local offices and 7 departmental institutions guarantees a comprehensive local insurance/bank/savings offering, over an area that covers nearly a quarter of the French population.

By achieving a total turnover (damages and life insurance) of €614.2 m, Groupama Paris Val de Loire has confirmed its leading position in the region.

Groupama Paris Val de Loire has a solvency margin of 1099%, i.e. over 10 times the legal minimum.

Groupama Paris Val de Loire insures 70% of farmers in the region.


Associate Professor – Accreditation to supervise research (HDR) in Economic Sciences; Holder of the Agricultural Risk Management Chair (UniLaSalle/Groupama)