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CGIAR Consortium

Advancing international agricultural research for development

The CGIAR Consortium is an international organization that, together with the CGIAR Fund, advances international agricultural research for a food secure future by integrating and coordinating the efforts of those who fund research and those who do the research.

The CGIAR Consortium is made up of:

  • The Consortium Board;
  • The Consortium Office; and
  • The Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium.

Integrating

The CGIAR Consortium integrates the research of the 15 centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium:

  • To increase the effectiveness and relevance of the work of the CGIAR;
  • To enhance the impact of the research by setting common objectives and planning concerted action; and
  • To take advantage of opportunities for the CGIAR to become more relevant, more effective, and more efficient.

Coordinating

The CGIAR Consortium coordinates CGIAR Research Programs across Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium and partners:

  • Brings together thousands of scientists for multidisciplinary research on problems in poor and under-served agro-ecosystems;
  • Links farmers and national agricultural research and innovation systems with the network of Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium and other global research networks; and
  • Holds genetic resources for agriculture in trust for current and future generations.

What does the CGIAR Consortium do?

The CGIAR Consortium develops and carries out research programs to address complex development issues related to agriculture. Donors fund these strategic research programs by contributing to the CGIAR Fund. The CGIAR Consortium allocates funds from the CGIAR Fund according to research priorities, and is accountable financially and operationally for how the funds are used. The CGIAR Consortium also provides services to make Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium cost efficient.

The main functions of the CGIAR Consortium are to:

  • Work with Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium, donors, and partners to develop the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework for the Funders Forum to approve;
  • Work with donors and the CGIAR Fund Council to get funding for CGIAR Research Programs and to run the Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium;
  • Work with Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium to develop and manage CGIAR Research Programs;
  • Monitor the performance of the Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium and take action if necessary;
  • Develop, manage, and operate common services for Research Centers which are members of the CGIAR Consortium;
  • Lead communication and advocacy for international agricultural and natural resources research for development in international fora.