Strategy 2014-2020


In pursuit of increased research impact, CIAT has developed a new 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 new 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.

CIAT’s new strategy defines three key objectives.

Three strategic objectives

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

  • 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.
  • Promote rural income growth by making smallholder agriculture more competitive and market oriented through improvements in agricultural value chains.
  • Provide the means to make a more intensive and competitive agriculture both environmentally sustainable and climate smart.

Strategic initiatives

CIAT’s strategy also calls for major new initiatives designed to boost our development impact, based on the Center’s diverse and evolving research strengths, while also influencing the future focus of CGIAR research. Three of these are already under way.

  • LivestockPlus promotes forage-based livestock production to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while improving the livelihoods of the rural poor through the sustainable intensification of meat and milk production.
  • Ecosystem Action aims to enhance ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes as a means to improve the livelihoods and well-being of the rural poor.
  • Food Lens aims to help develop more sustainable foods systems that serve the needs of a rapidly urbanizing world.

Related readings

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CIAT Strategy 2014-2020

Building an Eco-Efficient Future. CIAT Strategy 2014–2020: a synthesis

AgroEcosystem Action: Renewing rural landscapes for improved
food security and livelihoods
livestock foodlens
LivestockPlus: fast-tracking tropical forages for twin-win agricultural systems FoodLens: Sharpening the focus of research
on sustainable food systems