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CGIAR System Organization headquarters in Montpellier

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food secure future that was founded in the 1970s in response to the Green Revolution. There are presently 15 CGIAR agricultural research centres employing more than 8,500 researchers and support staff worldwide, with an annual budget of US$800 million.

The CGIAR System Organization is its driving force, coordinating 15 CGIAR Research Programmes of global scope, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations (national and regional research institutions, civil society organizations, universities).

The CGIAR System Organization is an international organization that, together with the CGIAR Fund, advances international agricultural research for a food secure future by integrating and coordinating the efforts of those who fund research and those who do the research.

Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and forest biodiversity

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization with a vision –that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet.

Bioversity International delivers scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. Bioversity International works with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.

Around 150 scientists work for Bioversity International in different regions of the world covering the following thematic domains:
-Banana genetic resources & management systems
-Biodiversity & ecosystem services
-Diet diversity & nutrition
-Forest genetic resources & restoration
-Fruit tree & tree crops diversity
-Genetic resources policies & institutions
-Neglected & underutilized species
-On-farm & in situ conservation

Research at the Montpellier office is particularly focused on the conservation, production and commercialization of bananas and other plants like cocoa and coconut, as well as agricultural ecosystems. Numerous interactions and collaborations exist between Bioversity International and Agropolis International member institutes and notably with CIRAD.

Bioversity International is one of 15 CGIAR Research Centres.

CIHEAM - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies

The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) was founded at the joint initiative of the OECD and the Council of Europe on 21 May 1962 under an agreement signed by the governments of seven southern European countries: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

CIHEAM is made up of four Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes (MAIs), located in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain), and a General Secretariat based in Paris.

ICRA - International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture

The International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) is an independent non-profit organisation, founded in 1981 by European members of the Consultative Group on International Research (CGIAR), a consortium of donor agencies and other institutions committed to ending world hunger, poverty and environmental decline.

We aim to stimulate rural innovation in the South by strengthening the abilities of people and organisations in research, education and development to collaborate and learn from each other. Our focus is on strengthening the capacity of national partners to link technology, market development, policy and social organisation to promote the competitiveness of small-scale enterprises, ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce poverty.

Our headquarters and the Anglophone programme are located in Wageningen (the Netherlands), where we are hosted by Wageningen International (WI)). Our Francophone programme is based in Montpellier (France).

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