|What's CIRAD doing?||Making use of biodiversity||Designing systems||Supporting transition||Selection of publications|
In the light of the challenges posed by global change, CIRAD is focusing a substantial part of its research on studying the functioning and development of agro-ecological systems, with a view to developing a credible alternative to conventional production models for tropical and Mediterranean regions.
CIRAD's work on agro-ecology encompasses several organizational levels – plant, cropping system, farm, rural organization, value chain and territory. The research approach taken associates diagnoses, knowledge generation and use of local know-how, capacity building and support of innovation processes. CIRAD is thus building novel interdisciplinary expertise and operational solutions to ensure the agro-ecological transition in farming systems in the South.
Making use of biodiversity
Understanding the biophysical mechanisms and interactions at play within farming systems so as to boost natural regulation processes and resource use efficiency.
Designing agro-ecological production systems and assessing their performance.
Supporting the transition to agro-ecology and the stakeholders involved.
CIRAD's research units are working on agro-ecology in partnership with teams from the South. Their studies have already served to design and assess innovative cropping systems in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Asia, in a wide range of production contexts, such as family farms, agroforestry, horticultural systems, rural and peri-urban zones and export crops.
French overseas regions