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CIAT Strategy 2014-2020

In pursuit of increased research impact, CIAT has developed a strategy for the period 2014-2020. Reaffirming eco-efficiency as a guiding principle of our research, the strategy explains how the Center’s growing research team and networks will capitalize on past and current work to translate smarter use of resources into valuable impacts, such as higher incomes, improved child nutrition, and better water supplies.

The strategy responds to various trends shaping the world today, including population growth, rapid urbanization, extensive land degradation, climate change, and exciting scientific advances. The strategy also takes into account key developments in each of the regions where CIAT works – sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Three strategic objectives

CIAT’s scientific agenda will feed directly into that of the CGIAR System – the global research partnership to which we belong – as we work toward the Center’s three strategic objectives:

  1. Make affordable, high-quality food readily available to the rural and urban poor by boosting agricultural productivity and enhancing the nutritional quality of staple crops.
  2. Promote rural income growth by making smallholder agriculture more competitive and market oriented through improvements in agricultural value chains.
  3. Provide the means to make a more intensive and competitive agriculture both environmentally sustainable and climate smart.

Three strategic initiatives

LivestockPlus promotes forage-based livestock production to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while improving the livelihoods of the rural poor.

Ecosystem Action aims to enhance ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes as a means to improve the livelihoods and well-being of the rural poor.

FoodLens aims to help develop more sustainable food systems that serve the needs of a rapidly urbanizing world.