CIRAD is a French agricultural research organization working for development in the South and the French overseas regions. Its research work is generally conducted in partnership.
CIRAD is a French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues.
CIRAD has a staff of 1800, including 800 researchers. It has an operating budget of 203 millions euros. It comprises three scientifics departments and 37 research units. It also has 12 regional offices in metropolitan France, the French overseas regions and other countries.
CIRAD works with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.
In response to the economic, social and environmental changes resulting from globalization, CIRAD has renewed its scientific strategy, which now centres on six priority lines of research, accompanied by a new geographical partnership strategy aimed at expanding and consolidating its international cooperation structure.
Research in partnership is CIRAD's fundamental working principle and the keystone of its operations. The fact that it has researchers worldwide has shaped its identity and helped it to build specialized, dynamic skills centres .
From its regional offices, CIRAD conducts joint operations with more than 90 countries. It also has scientific platforms with a regional vocation in the French overseas regions. In metropolitan France, it provides the national and global scientific communities with extensive research and training facilities.
CIRAD's operations centre on a certain number of values, which determine its choices and guide its approach. These values enable it to produce, transmit and evolve while respecting past achievements, the value of experience and the steadfastness of expertise .