Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

The CGIAR was established in 1971, sponsored by the World Bank, FAO and UNDP. CGIAR's mission is to contribute to food security and poverty eradication in developing countries through research, partnership, capacity building, and policy support through promotion of sustainable agricultural development based on the environmentally sound management of natural resources. There are five major research themes: (i) increasing productivity; (ii) protecting the environment; (iii) saving biodiversity; (iv) improving policies, and (v) strengthening national research. Sixteen international agricultural research centres (IARCs), also known as "Future Harvest Centres", form the global network of CGIAR, conducting research programmes in collaboration with a range of partner institutions. Details of the IARCs are found on the website. There are three of direct relevance to forest reproductive material, and are theCentre of International Forestry Research (CIFOR), theInternational Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)and theInternational Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI).

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last updated:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007