CIAT Annual Report 2018

Partnerships & Communications


CIAT’s continued success is as much the result of its talented scientific and administrative teams, as of its strategic partnerships with funders, investors, research centers, and other public and private organizations that contribute to deploying and scaling up the Center’s knowledge, technologies and innovations.

In 2018, CIAT had 175 active partnerships, through 305 ongoing contracts, with academic institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, businesses, multilateral and regional development banks and agencies, and community associations. We achieved a record monthly average pipeline – proposals submitted awaiting a formal response – of US-$126 million and had a high average success rate on competitive bids of 32.5%.

Noteworthy were 13 multi-year grants awarded to CIAT for over US$5 million each. CIAT remained committed to diversifying its partnerships and funding streams, establishing novel arrangements with impact investors engaged in land restoration efforts, businesses in the seed sector, and philanthropists committed to legacy projects, such as our new state-of-the-art gene-bank, Future Seeds. For CGIAR initiatives that we lead, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, we continued to work closely with our sister Center, Bioversity International, with which we are now establishing a formal Alliance.

We were delighted to host dozens of visits at CIAT’s headquarters in Cali, Colombia, and our regional offices in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Nairobi, Kenya from ministers, ambassadors, high-level government officials, technical delegations, community leaders, and CEOs and their executive teams. We remained present and active in major events throughout the year, including the 24th Conference of the Parties (Katowice, Poland) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Food Prize (Des Moines, Iowa), the Africa Green Revolution Forum (Kigali, Rwanda), the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (Hanoi, Vietnam), and the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Week of Agriculture and Food (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

We are excited about the opportunities that the Alliance with Bioversity International will bring for continuing to deepen our relationship with our existing partners and engage with new ones to continue to deliver on our collective mission.

Donors and Partners

Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias), Colombia
African Development Bank
Agrícola Santamaría S.A.S – Colombian Association of Banana (AUGURA)
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Autonomous Regional Corporation of Valle del Cauca (CVC), Colombia
Bayer S.A., Colombia
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK
Cardno Emerging Markets Australia Pty Ltd
Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (AGROSAVIA)
Crop Trust, Germany



BBCMediumForbesEl TiempoEl País, Báo Mói and NBC News are just a few media outlets that covered CIAT in 2018. With almost 2,400 feature articles, opeds and press releases published in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States, CIAT’s work was shared globally. The most popular topics for media included technology, cassava, forages, beans, cacao, coffee and innovations. Highlights on science’s contribution to farming and food production as well as in policymaking, were also common topics in CIAT’s media coverage. By being published in different media outlets, our stories and our research reached over 500 million readersviewers and listeners in 2018. 

In 2018, CIAT’s social media audience increased by 15,000 followers, a 29 per cent increase. CIAT’s work on peace, rural women, nutrition, environment and other themes was highlighted to coincide with UN international days. Content from Africa, Asia, Latin America and our research areas were posted and disseminated widely, reaching decision makers and other relevant actors in food and agriculture worldwide. Jointly with other CGIAR centers and CGIAR Research Programs, we promoted global and regional initiatives. The launch of new crop varieties and nutritional products were covered through our social media channels, as well as the UNFCCC COP 24 and FAO’s Week of Agriculture and Food.


Javier Mateo-Vega
Director, Partnerships and Communications

Julio Mario Fernandez
Communications Team Leader, Partnerships and Communications

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