CGIAR Contribution 2020 - 2021

The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a global research for development partnership in the fields of agriculture (crops, livestock, aquaculture and forestry). CGIAR holds in trust unique genetic resources for agriculturally significant species of central importance to advancing and sustaining productivity for the world’s smallholder farmers in the 21st century. CGIAR has a singular role in providing international and global public goods through high-quality agricultural research, partnership, and leadership in the areas of poverty and hunger reduction, improvement of human nutrition, enhancement of ecosystem resilience. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Recherche agronomique
Politique agricole
Développement agricole
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021
CHF  33’100’000
Domaine de compétences

CGIAR is a global research partnership established in 1971 with support of FAO and the WB. CGIAR dedicated to advancing agri-food science and innovation contributing to the global efforts to tackle poverty hunger and major nutrition imbalances, and environmental degradation. It is the only worldwide agricultural research partnership that binds a consortium of 15 international research centres, their partners (including national and re­gional research institutes, civil society organiza­tions, academia and the private sector) and donors. No other insitution has the capacity in terms of people, partners, infrastructure and a presence on the ground in over 70 countries to work on breakthrough discovery research all the way to integrated delivery to million of smallholder farmers. 

Research is framed by a strategy and results framework, implemented 15 global thematic programs (CGIAR Research Programs – CRP) and financed by the CGIAR Fund and/or bilateral grants given directly to research centres. Funders include governments of both developing and industrialized countries, foundations, and international and region­al organizations.
The CGIAR Consortium of Centres has its office in Montpellier, France, is managed by the System Management Board and kept under review by the System Council, representing the donors.

Priorités stratégiques de la Suisse et de l'organisation et leur cohérence

CGIAR is one of the 15 multilateral priority organizations of Switzerland in the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020.

The mandate of the CGIAR is directly in line with four out of five global themes mentioned in the Federal dispatch (Botschaft) 2017-2019: Food Security and Nutrition, Climate Change, Water and Health.

The CGIAR is a key global partner for SDC's support to international agricultural research for development, particularly under the thematic priority ‘’agricultural innovation systems’’ as defined in the GPFS strategy 2017-2020.

This multilateral commitment complements and strengthens SDC’s engagement in 1) agricultural research and innovations systems for smallholder farmers at country and regional levels, and 2) investments to multilateral agencies IFAD, WFP and FAO, as well as WB, all of them beneficiaries and users of research evidence and capacity provided by the CGIAR.

Résultats de l'engagement déployé à ce jour par l'organisation

Selected impacts from the last 10 years:

  • Improved climate resilience in farming communities across 21 countries through the establishment of Climate Smart Villages, which test and scale resilient food system innovations.
  • Improved nutrition for 20 million people in low-income countries through increased access to critical nutrients via micronutrient-fortified crops that contain a higher content of vitamin A, iron and zinc.
  • Improved harvested income for farmers and nutrition for children under 5 years of age through the development of new tilapia strains, fisheries management practices, and integration of agriculture-fish crop systems.
  • Led responses to urgent and emerging crop and livestock diseases with global experts, including Fall Armyworm outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa, Wheat Blast epidemic in Bangladesh, and East Coast fever, a deadly cattle disease in East Africa.
  • Scaled access to improved wheat varieties reaching almost half the world’s wheat areas. Annual benefit of wheat breeding ranges from $2.2 to $3.1 billion.
  • Increased rice yields across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by 0.5 to 1 ton per hectare and profitability by US$ 200 per hectare through a smart mobile crop management tool called ’’RiceAdvice’’.
  • According to an independent evaluation, investing in CGIAR provides excellent value for money. Every dollar invested in CGIAR yields up to $17 worth of benefits for smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Résultats de l'engagement déployé à ce jour par la Suisse

A new SRF 2016-2030, aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was approved in May 2015 and is guiding the elaboration of the 2nd generation consolidated research programs in 2016. Donors (incl. Switzerland) and Research Centres were strongly involved in the elaboration of the new performance and results framework, which is the backbone of the new SRF.

During the last years, Switzerland took a decisive role in the reform process which led to the new governance system. The concentration of numerous projects in CRPs, the proposed structures with two separate bodies as well the setup of the new fund council are Swiss proposals which have been unanimously adopted.

A new Gender strategy for the CGIAR system was elaborated, and all CRP extension proposals explicated their respective Gender work. Annual reporting on Intellectual Property (IP) by the Fund Council IP independent group is now well established and remains highly relevant.

Effets directs de l'engagement actuel de l'organisation

REM. The actual CGIAR research programmes are valid for the period 2018-2021. As such, the CCM and its outcomes were defined for that same period 2018 to 2021. This credit proposal is covering the second part (2y) of this time frame. As consequence, the overall outcomes are still valid.

The CGIAR 2nd comprehensive Strategy and Results Framework (SRF 2016-2030), foresees that the action of CGIAR and its partners will result by 2022 in:

  • 30 million fewer hungry people
  • 100 million more farm households which have adopted improved varieties, breeds of trees and /or improved management practices
  • Improved the rate of  yield increase for major food staples from currently below 1% to 1.2 to 1.4%/y
  • 30 million fewer poor people – at least 50% of whom are women,
  • 55 million ha less degraded land.
Effets directs de l'engagement actuel de la Suisse

As now a new governance structure, a solid Results framework as well as a new generation of programmes (CRPs) are in place, SDC will focus on 3 main issues :

  • monitoring the effective and efficient delivery of development results and spread a selected subset in SDC and relevant Swiss organisations.
  • handing out strategic results contributing to Swiss and international policy discussion
  • Working in collaboration with European donors for guiding strategic, governance, social and ethical orientation of international research.
Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche étrangère
  • Groupe consultatif pour la recherche agricole internationale

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    33’100’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    33’100’000
Donateur d'ordre

in the trust fund (W1, W2 and W3): 8 


Total of 64  donors, of which major donor countries in ranking order are:
USA, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Norway,  Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, China India, Japan,

Foundations/ Int. Org. in ranking order: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WB,EC, AfDB, IFAD

Coordination avec autres projets et acteurs

Switzerland is an active member of the European Initiative for Agriculture Research for Development (EIARD), which includes EU Member countries, EC, Norway and Switzerland), a mechanism that allows for a coordinated European voice at the System council. Actually Switzerland holds the chairmanship of EIARD.

Switzerland holds one of the 15 donor seats of the System Council.

Phases du projet Phase 9 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021   (Phase en cours) Phase 8 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 7 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)