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, CGIAR underwent a major transformation, and to reflect this and yet retain its roots CGIAR has been kept as the 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 the 15 centers who are members of the System Management Board in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.
In 2008, CGIAR underwent a major transformation and as a result of this process, the research of 15 Centers have been aligned into efficient, coherent, multidisciplinary programs: the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).
CGIAR’s reform process was designed in large part to ensure that the knowledge generated by CGIAR scientists and their partners leads to results – for small-scale farmers, poor forest and fishing communities, national agricultural research systems, rural women, and policymakers. The changes brought about by reform: a Consortium to unite the Centers, a programmatic approach to research, a Fund to harmonize investments in that research, and a determined commitment to work inclusively with partner organizations to create synergies and maximize impact, are manifest in the new strategic focus and way in which CGIAR works.
Alleviating poverty, increasing food security, improving nutrition and health, and managing natural resources are all closely linked. The CGIAR Research Programs tackle these issues through a comprehensive strategy of research-for development: the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework (SRF). The SRF is an evidence-based, impact-oriented agenda that focuses explicitly on poor people in developing countries.
The Programs position CGIAR to pursue innovative, comprehensive, and sustainable solutions such as crops resilient to extreme weather, pests and disease, and more efficient ways to manage water, trees, soils, livestock, fisheries, and forests, and to deploy technologies now available. By the end of 2012, all 15 CGIAR Research Programs were approved. Updates on the CRPs, System Office, System Management Board and System Council (formerly Fund Council) can be found on their respective sites as well as the ISPC bi-annual meetings page.