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About CIAT

CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. We help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation.

Our global research contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems.

Our mission

Increase prosperity and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research-based solutions in agriculture and the environment

Our vision: A sustainable food future

To maximize contributions to its overarching vision, CIAT will focus its capacity and resources on the following strategic objectives:

  • Providing high-quality and safe food to consumers by boosting productivity and enhancing the nutritional quality of crops.
  • Making smallholder agriculture more competitive, inclusive, and market oriented through improvements in agricultural value chains and sustainable practices.
  • Scaling up investments in agriculture and agro-ecosystem sustainability by enabling policy decisions.

Our values

Shared organizational ethic

We respect each other, our partners, and the people who benefit from our work. We act with honesty, integrity, transparency, and environmental responsibility in all of our joint endeavors.

Learning through partnerships

We work efficiently and pragmatically together and with partners. Considering our diversity to be a key asset, we adapt readily to change and strive to improve our performance through continuous learning.

Innovation for impact

We develop innovative solutions to important challenges in tropical agriculture, resulting in major benefits for the people who support, participate in, and profit from our work.