CGIAR Research Programs


CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) is part of CGIAR, the world’s largest partnership of agricultural research-for-development organizations. As one of its 15 center members, we participate in the following CGIAR Research Programs and Platforms:

Agri-food systems

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Given the crucial role of forests in confronting some of the most important challenges of our time – climate change, poverty and food security – the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry responds to the urgent need for a strong and sustained focus on forest management and governance.

Livestock agri-food systems

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock systems in sustainable ways, making meat and milk more available and affordable to poor consumers across the developing world.

Rice agri-food systems

The CGIAR Research Program on Rice, known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) provides a single strategic plan and unique new partnership platform for impact-oriented rice research for development – it is designed to more effectively: increase rice productivity and value for the poor; foster more sustainable rice-based production; and help rice farmers adapt to climate change.

Roots, tubers and bananas agri-food systems

Roots, tubers and banana crops include banana, plantain, cassava, potato, sweetpotato, yams, and other roots and tubers. They play a critical role in the global food system of the developing world, are among the top 10 most commonly consumed food staples and provide one of the cheapest sources of energy and vital nutrients.

Global Integrated Programs

Water, Land and Ecosystems

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) promotes a new approach to sustainable intensification in which a healthy, functioning ecosystem is seen as a prerequisite to agricultural development, resilience of food systems and human well-being.

Policies, Institutions and Markets

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets overcomes constraints to smallholder prosperity. The program believes that policies, institutions, and markets can be used more effectively to reduce poverty, improve food security, and increase small producers’ incomes.

Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)

Led by CIAT, CCAFS is a collaboration to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies, and measures. Through CCAFS, our scientists contribute to five flagships: climate-smart agricultural practices, climate risk management, low-emissions agriculture, gender and social inclusion, and policies and institutions.

Nutrition and health

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health is designed to fill the existing gap between agricultural development and its unfulfilled health and nutritional benefits.



The objective is to conserve the diversity of plant genetic resources in CGIAR-held collections and to make this diversity available to breeders and researchers in a manner that meets high international scientific standards, is cost efficient, is secure, reliable and sustainable over the long-term and is supportive of and consistent with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Excel Breeding

Coming soon.

Big Data and ICT

This 6-year platform (2017 – 2022) will provide global leadership in organizing open data, convening partners to develop innovative ideas, and demonstrating the power of big data analytics to enhance the impact of international agricultural research.