The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations. The work they support is carried out by 15 members of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.

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The World Bank, MSN P6-601, 1818 H Street NW , Washington , District of Columbia 20433 USA

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Research institute
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Agriculture Science and Research
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.

The name CGIAR comes from the acronym for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. In 2008 the CGIAR underwent a major transformation. To reflect this and yet retain our roots we have kept CGIAR as our name.

CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by 15 Centers, that are members of the CGIAR Consortium, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.

The 15 Research Centers generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR Research Programs. The CGIAR Fund provides reliable and predictable multi-year funding to enable research planning over the long term, resource allocation based on agreed priorities, and the timely and predictable disbursement of funds. The multi-donor trust fund finances research carried out by the Centers through the CGIAR Research Programs.

We have over 8,000 scientists and staff, unparalleled research infrastructure and dynamic networks across the globe. Our collections of genetic resources are the most comprehensive in the world.

Making a difference
We have a solid reputation for acting in the interests of the world’s poor. Our track record spans four decades of research—research that has made a difference.

Our research accounted for US$673 million or just over 10 percent of the US$5.1 billion spent on agricultural research for development in 2010. The economic benefits run to billions of dollars. In Asia, the overall benefits of CGIAR research are estimated at US$10.8 billion a year for rice, US$2.5 billion for wheat and US$0.8 billion for maize.

It has often been cited that one dollar invested in CGIAR research results in about nine dollars in increased productivity in developing countries.

Sweeping reforms for the 21st century
Political, financial, technological and environmental changes reverberating around the globe mean that there are many opportunities to rejuvenate the shaky global food system. Developments in agricultural and environmental science, progress in government policies, and advances in our understanding of gender dynamics and nutrition open new avenues for producing more food and for making entrenched hunger and poverty history.

The sweeping reforms that brought in the CGIAR Consortium in 2010 mean we are primed to take advantage of these opportunities. We are eagerly tackling the ever more complex challenges in agricultural development. We are convinced that the science we do can make even more of a difference. To fulfill our goals we aim to secure US$1 billion in annual investments to fund the current CGIAR Research Programs.

CGIAR has embraced a new approach that brings together its strengths around the world and spurs new thinking about agricultural research for development, including innovative ways to pursue scientific work and the funding it requires. CGIAR is bringing donors together for better results and enabling scientists to focus more on the research through which they develop and deliver big ideas for big impact. As a result, CGIAR is more efficient and effective, and better positioned than ever before to meet the development challenges of the 21st century.

What we do
We collaborate with research and development partners to solve development problems. To fulfill our mission we:

  • Identify significant global development problems that science can help solve;
  • Collect and organize knowledge related to these development problems;
  • Develop research programs to fill the knowledge gaps to solve these development problems;
  • Catalyze and lead putting research into practice, and policies and institutions into place, to solve these development problems;
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation, share the lessons we learn and best practices we discover;
  • Conserve, evaluate and share genetic diversity; and
  • Strengthen skills and knowledge in agricultural research for development around the world.

Key documents

  • A Strategy and Results Framework for the CGIAR
  • The Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) sets common goals, strategic objectives and results to be jointly achieved by CGIAR.
  • Constitution of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers
  • Primary governing document of the Consortium, the Constitution sets forth the relationship between the Consortium and the Member Centers.
  • CGIAR Principles
  • The principles guide the Fund Council and the Consortium in their joint efforts to implement the Strategy and Results Framework.

Agricultural research to make a difference
Sustainable agricultural development requires research across agricultural science, natural resource management, and policy. Our Strategy and Results Framework is our road map to sustainable agricultural development.

This Framework sets out how, by working together, our 15 Research Centers and their partners will contribute to:

  • Less rural poverty;
  • Better food security;
  • Better nutrition and health; and
  • Sustainably managed resources.

Managing for results
Our Strategy and Results Framework sets out how we ‘manage for results’. It guides us in defining what we want to achieve, organizing ourselves to deliver accordingly, keep checking that we are on track, and vigilantly measuring what actually happened as the result of what we did.

Guided by the Framework, our Centers work with partners to plan CGIAR Research Programs. The new understanding and technologies developed by this research are then put into practice by Centers, partners and users—often as novel packages of technologies, institutional arrangements and management practices. Scaled up and applied widely by public and private development partners the innovations make a difference to rural poverty, food security, nutrition and health, and natural resource management.

Drawing on strengths
The Framework gives our Centers, Challenge Programs, and their hundreds of partners, scope to work together in collaborative research programs that draw on the strengths of each to produce the outcomes the CGIAR system desires.

It means we can address complex global development issues—including cross-cutting ones like gender—by calling on diverse skills and knowledge beyond the ability of any one organization to amass on its own. This also ensures that our research on crops is focused firmly on making a difference to poverty, food security, nutrition and health, and the way we manage natural resources.

Our Strategy

  • A Strategy and Results Framework for the CGIAR A Strategy and Results Framework for the CGIAR
  • The Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) sets common goals, strategic objectives and results to be jointly achieved by CGIAR.
  • Changing Agricultural Research in a Changing World: A Strategy and Results Framework for the Reformed CGIAR Changing Agricultural Research in a Changing World: A Strategy and Results Framework for the Reformed CGIAR
  • Summary of the Strategy and Results Framework

Impact of our Research

  • The CGIAR at 40 and Beyond: Impacts that Matter for the Poor and the Planet The CGIAR at 40 and Beyond: Impacts that Matter for the Poor and the Planet
  • Evidence of impact of CGIAR’s research from 1971 to 2011.