Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a strategic alliance of countries, international and regional organizations and private foundations that was established in 1971 to disseminate the knowledge of agricultural science to benefit developing countries.

The CGIAR’s mission is to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment.

Today, the CGIAR has 64 members worldwide that include 25 developing and 22 industrialized countries, 4 private foundations, and 13 regional and international organizations that provide financing, technical support, and strategic direction.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank serve as cosponsors. The CGIAR has 15 international agricultural centers.

The CGIAR’s Library and Information Services Consortium (CG-LISC) is a collaboration of CGIAR’s information managers and librarians driven by the constant change of information needs of end-users and developments in information and communication technology (ICT), accompanied by limited financial and human resources. An informal collaboration has been established since the 1980s.

Contact: Alan Harris

Springer list of eligible/recipient CGIAR countries per region

CGIAR cooperates with Springer by offering “online access” to a topical list of Springer journals to users in (most) of their regional offices.


CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Mexico City, Mexico

CIP ( International Potato Center), Lima, Peru

IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), Washington D.C., United States


 ICRAF (World Agroforestry Centre formerly International Center for Research in Agroforestry), Nairobi, Kenya

ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi, Kenya

IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), Ibadan, Nigeria


CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), Bogor Barat, Indonesia

ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), Patancheru, India

IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), Los Banos, Philippines


Biodiversity International, Rome, Italy

CGIAR Consortium Office, Montpellier, France

Middle East

ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas), Beirut, Libanon