Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

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The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.  CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. This research is carried out by 15 centers, which 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.  Each of the 15 centers focuses on a different discipline in the broad based agricultural sciences.  These include rice, biodiversity, forestry, arid and semi-arid lands research, tropical agriculture, population and social sciences, livestock, maize and wheat, potatoes, and water management.  These centers generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through the CGIAR research programs.  Members of the CGIAR consortium are located all over the world.  Each carries out research of relevance to the RUFORUM community.  A list of these centers with links will be found below.  All CGIAR resources are now open access.


Africa Rice Center (

Biodiversity International (

Center for International Forestry Research (

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (

International Food Policy Research Institute (

International Livestock Research Institute (

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (

International Potato Center (

International Rice Research Institute (

International Water Management Institute (

World Agroforestry Center (

World Fish (

Region of Coverage: 
Africa Wide