Evolution of CGIAR
Over four decades the number of Research Centers supported by the CGIAR grew from four to fifteen. Our research, initially concentrating on breeding better staple food crops, expanded to cover natural resource management, food production, and ecoregions. The number of our donors also grew. By the end of the 20th century we had grown into a cumbersome coalition of like-minded but separate research organizations and donors.
Sweeping changes in the first decade of the 21st century transformed our loose coalition into a streamlined global partnership working as one. Today, our donors and the Research Centers work together in a business-like manner in order to make a unique scientific contribution to agricultural development for people who are poor.
Positioning the CGIAR to play a central role in agricultural research for development in the 21st century
The building blocks for our reform were laid in 2010. We set up the CGIAR Fund to sustain financing for research, the CGIAR Consortium, the research Strategy and Results Framework, and the first of the biennial global conferences. The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development gave all those involved in agricultural research for development a voice.
We are now well placed to play a central role in delivering the science needed to feed the Earth’s growing population while protecting our environment and the resource base on which future food production depends.