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CIAT develops more resilient, productive, and profitable varieties of cassava and common bean, together with improved tropical forages for livestock. In Latin America and the Caribbean, we also work to boost rice production and the competitiveness of the region’s rice sector. These crops are vital for global food and nutrition security.

The Center’s Bioscience Platform includes the largest genebank in Latin America and advanced laboratories where scientists work to accelerate crop improvement.

We also work with partners across Latin America to uphold international standards on biotechnology, and help train the next generation of scientists.


Joe Tohme

Research Area Director

Decision and Policy Analysis

CIAT’s cross-cutting research on decision and policy analysis is aimed at harnessing the power of new information tools and participatory methods to influence decisions, practices, and policies on three key issues: climate change, ecosystem services, and linking farmers to markets. Through the close involvement of farmers, this work contributes to the development of policies that help boost productivity, efficiency, and sustainability, enabling farmers and governments to plan for the future.

Catering to decision makers in the private and public sectors, we provide novel and accurate information in interactive forms together with easy-to-use methods for analyzing agricultural systems at all levels – from individual farms to whole continents.



Andy Jarvis

Research Area Director

Soils and Landscapes for Sustainability

CIAT soil experts include not only soil scientists but also ecologists and anthropologists. Drawing on the latest tools and knowledge, they contribute strategically to sustainable management of rural land, with the aim of enhancing ecosystem services, while unlocking the land’s potential to deliver greater economic and social benefits.

Cutting across diverse crops and environments, CIAT’s pioneering soils research aims to restore degraded land, make agriculture climate smart, and improve soil health. Our work ranges from individual farm plots to entire landscapes.


Louis Verchot

Research Area Director