Fifty years of impact

Fifty years of impact

For 50 years, CGIAR has been delivering critical science and innovation to feed the world and end inequality.

To mark the 50th anniversary, in 2021 CGIAR curated a collection of innovations — new ideas, products, services, and solutions driven by science — that have made a difference to some of the world’s biggest development challenges.

View the collection of innovations that changed the world

As part of the collection, CGIAR published a series of deep dives into the following: innovations for nutrition and growth; a climate crisis; food system transformation; a brighter future; a healthy world; and gender equality.

Explore these deep dives:


CGIAR at the World Food Prize

Fifty years ago, CGIAR grew out of international efforts to feed a growing world population.

The idea was planted by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, a revolutionary wheat breeder whose innovations increased crop productivity worldwide, ending hunger and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. His work led to the creation and funding of CGIAR and earned him a Nobel Peace Prize — the only one ever awarded for agriculture.

In Dr. Borlaug’s honor, the World Food Prize was established to recognize the contribution of agricultural scientists to global food and nutrition security. Over the decades, CGIAR scientists have been included among the honored laureates for their innovations to sustainably transform the world’s food systems, including Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, who was awarded the World Food Prize in 2021.

Explore CGIAR’s history with the World Food Prize.

Read about CGIAR’s 2021 recipients of food prizes, including the World Food Prize.

Our contribution to impact:
Contribution to the SDGs
Our contribution to impact:
Global recognition