In 1967, the majority of poor and hungry people in the tropics were smallholder farmers. Increasing the productivity of their crops was therefore the critical entry point for CIAT’s research. Since that time, we have been concerned with nearly every aspect of tropical agriculture: the crop varieties that farmers grow, the production systems they manage, the agricultural landscapes they inhabit, the markets in which they participate and the policies that influence their options and decisions.
CIAT is proud to celebrate 50 years of agricultural research and development impact. Throughout 2017, we will celebrate the amazing people behind CIAT’s achievements, our hundreds of partners around the world, and our donors, without which none of this would be possible.
But we will also look forward at emerging challenges, and renew our commitment to feed the planet, and offer a better deal for both farmers and consumers.