Research Portfolio



The CGIAR Fund supports agricultural research aligned with its vision of reducing poverty and hunger, improving human health and nutrition, and enhancing sustainable management of natural resources in the developing world.

A Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) will guide the CGIAR research portfolio by setting out common goals, objectives and results for the CGIAR partnership. The strategy will be implemented by the CGIAR-supported Centers and their partner institutions through a portfolio of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) that aim to address todays most pressing agricultural research for development challenges. 

Please see the complete list of CRPs below.  



CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs)


CRP1.1: Dryland Systems

This program aims to improve food security for the rural poor, protect the natural resource base, and empower small-scale farmers and pastoralists in dry areas by pursuing new technological, institutional, and policy options.  

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CRP1.2: Humidtropics

This program seeks to transform the lives of the rural poor in the humid lowlands, moist savannas, and tropical highlands in tropical Americas, Asia, and Africa.

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CRP1.3:  Aquatic Agricultural Systems

This program aims to help low-income smallholders overcome the constraints that prevent them from fully benefiting from diverse aquatic agricultural systems.

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CRP2: Policies, Institutions and Markets

This program will identify policies and institutions necessary for smallholder producers in rural communities, particularly women, to increase their income through improved access to, and utilization of markets.

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CRP3.1: Wheat

As part of an international, collaborative effort, this program aims to dramatically increase wheat productivity, address the global threat of stem rust disease, and help wheat crops grow in hotter conditions with less water and fertilizer.

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CRP3.2: Maize

This program will help double maize productivity with essentially no expansion of maize area through more intensive, sustainable, and resilient farming systems that are adapted to climate change and the risings costs of fertilizer, water, and labor.

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CRP3.3: Rice

This program - also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRISP) - aims to increase rice productivity and value for the poor, foster more sustainable production, help rice farmers adapt to climate change, and improve the efficiency and equity of the rice sector.

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CRP3.4: Roots, Tubers and Bananas

This program aims to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops for increasing food security, fostering gender equity, and improving nutrition, incomes, and lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

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CRP3.5: Grain Legumes

This program aims to maximize the benefits that grain legumes offer to smallholder farmers, especially women, by improving their incomes, food supplies, and nutrition, and by sustainably intensifying their farming systems.

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CRP3.6: Dryland Cereals

This program is focused exclusively on the drylands of Asia and Africa, and primarily on improving the productivity and profitability of four major cereal crops commonly grown there: barley, finger millet, pearl millet, and sorghum.

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CRP3.7: Livestock and Fish

This program aims to increase the productivity of livestock and fish farming in selected developing countries to enhance the nutrition and increase the incomes of poor and hungry households.

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CRP4: Nutrition and Health

This research program is designed to fill the existing gap between agricultural development and its unfulfilled health and nutritional benefits among poor farmers and consumers in developing countries.

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CRP5: Water, Land and Ecosystems

This research program examines how we can intensify agriculture while protecting the environment and lifting millions of farm families out of poverty.

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CRP6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

This program seeks to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry, and tree genetic resources across the landscape from forests to farms for the benefit or poor people, particularly women and other disadvantaged groups.

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CRP7: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

This program offers developing country farmers new options for adapting to the emerging impacts of climate change and mitigating its effects through a “carbon-friendly” agriculture that also strengthens food security and reduces poverty.

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Funding Stability for CGIAR Centers and Challenge Programs

This proposal was approved by the Fund Council on a no objection basis on July 4, 2011.

  Financial Support to CGIAR Centers Genebanks

This proposal was approved by the Fund Council at its 4th meeting on April 5-6, 2011.


Long Term Support of CGIAR Genebanks

This proposal was approved by the Fund Council at its 7th meeting on March 7-8, 2012.