One CGIAR

From spurring the Green Revolution to spearheading food systems science, CGIAR is transforming to solve today’s – and tomorrow’s – interconnected food, land, water and climate crises

 

One CGIAR is a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets and global presence, aiming for greater integration and impact in the face of the interdependent challenges facing today’s world.

 

WHY IS THIS TRANSITION HAPPENING NOW?

For 50 years, CGIAR has been a leader in agricultural science and innovation for development. From specific food crops to water systems to policy, CGIAR’s institutions across the globe – working independently and together in partnership – have produced science that has brought benefits to hundreds of millions of the world’s poor. 

But the world has changed, a lot. And CGIAR has to change with it. 

The world faces escalating climate and biodiversity crises. Research in agriculture, food, land and water is more multi-disciplinary than ever before. Traditional funding models have shifted dramatically. We know much more about the interconnected nature of our food, land and water systems. 

Today, we need to improve food security, increase biodiversity, spur economic growth and strengthen resilience in the face of the climate crisis – all at once. 

WHAT EXACTLY IS CHANGING?

CGIAR began an ambitious transformation in late 2019, aiming to unlock its combined to achieve greater impact. The new One CGIAR is a reformulation of CGIAR, with:

  • a sharper mission and impact focus 
  • unified governance 
  • institutional integration 
  • a new research modality 
  • more, and pooled, funding. 

    One CGIAR is based on the premise that CGIAR’s people, together with partners, can have more impact when brought together under fewer institutional boundaries and supported by empowered management, clear governance and an integrated operational structure.

     

    WHY DID CGIAR HAVE TO MAKE THESE CHANGES?

    The window of opportunity to curb climate change and biodiversity loss, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, is closing rapidly. Around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030, in part due to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CGIAR needs to respond and – by coming together as one – it is uniquely positioned to do so. No other actor has the decades of experience, the bedrock of research, the network of partners and the backing of governments to deliver the knowledge and innovations needed.

    The issues the world is facing are more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. A unified and integrated CGIAR will be much better equipped to tackle threats to food, nutrition and water security posed by climate change.