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The CGIAR Group


Montpellier, France

  • IFPRI - Washington, DC, USA
  • ILRI - Nairobi, Kenya
  • WorldFish - Penang, Malaysia



Description: The CGIAR is a global research partnership for a “food-secure future.”

The CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership. The CGIAR is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector.

The CGIAR’s vision is “A world free of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.”

Its mission is “to advance agricultural science and innovation to enable poor people, especially women, to better nourish their families, and improve productivity and resilience so they can share in economic growth and manage natural resources in the face of climate change and other challenges.”
And its strategic goals are:

  • Reduce poverty
  • Improve food and nutrition security
  • Improve natural resource and ecosystem services

The CGIAR research centers include:

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
IFPRI provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. The Director General, Dr. Shenngen Fan, published an IFPRI blog on needed technology and policy innovations to make food systems sustainable meat tax" and the possibility of alternative proteins like lab-grown meat. At an IFPRI side event at the UN's High Level Political Forum, Fan made similar statements and discussed the need for OECD countries to reduce their meat consumption as one of the top ways to reshape food systems to be more sustainable. 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
ILRI works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock.

Our goal is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.
In broader terms, each works on development research – IFPRI on food policy, ILRI on livestock, and WorldFish on fish and aquaculture.

Organization Type: Global research partnership
Issue areas covered:
  • IFPRI works on food policy
  • ILRI on livestock research
  • WorldFish on fisheries and aquaculture
Key opportunities and dates for input: 

None specific noted


Requirements for participation: 

None specified

Advocacy Opportunities:
  • Further advocacy with ILRI may be beneficial now that the African continental RAWS has been validated.
  • Advocacy with IFPRI may be worthwhile on food policy issues, especially meat reduction, meat taxes, and development of alternative proteins.
  • Advocacy with World Fish may be worthwhile on aquaculture welfare issues.
  • Dr. Delia Grace who worked on an AW & Development scoping study for DFID (UK’s Dept. for International Development) now works at ILRI. She has carried out some AW analysis there.

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