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.
As One CGIAR, scientific innovations for food, land and water systems can be deployed faster, at a larger scale, and at reduced cost, having greater impact where they are needed the most. This will provide our beneficiaries around the world with more sustainable ways to grow, catch, transport, process, trade, and consume safe and nutritious food.
A unified One CGIAR comprises of:
- A sharper mission statement and impact focus to 2030, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Unified governance under a ‘One CGIAR Common Board’;
- Institutional integration, including more aligned management under an empowered Executive Management Team, common policies and services, and a unified country and regional presence;
- A new research modality; as well as
- More, and pooled, funding.
“As the climate crisis escalates, there is an urgency to maximize our collective impact. Working together, we still have a chance to avert the biggest losses, make a real difference in joint efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and transform the lives of vulnerable farmers and consumers.”
— Message from the CGIAR System Council to CGIAR Staff
The growing pace of change and the challenges it brings exceed CGIAR’s ability to respond. Our composition as a partnership of more than a dozen independently focused and operating Research Centers has begun to hold us back. We need a broader and deeper integration of our assets and operations.
Threats to food, nutrition, and water security posed by climate change and other challenges are not new, but are becoming increasingly complex and pressing, requiring new approaches. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlights the need for a food systems response.
Fragmentation of the research agenda has limited the potential of science to help achieve global goals of ending poverty and hunger by 2030.
“The greatest assets of CGIAR – and a key reason for our support – are its talented people, its partnerships, its global presence, and its record of impact. If CGIAR comes together as One, we believe our work can have even greater value.”
— Message from the CGIAR System Council
The overarching objectives and principles guiding the transition have been set and we are now undertaking an inclusive and consultative process of co-creation to define the destination in further detail, and the transition pathway to reach it.
Further details on the process and reference documents can be found on the Transition Consultation Forum page.