CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.
CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) is a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
CIRAD works with the whole range of developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.
CIRAD is a targeted research organization, and bases its operations on development needs, from field to laboratory and from a local to a global scale.
CIRAD's activities involve the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food and rural territories.
CIRAD works hand-in-hand with local people and the local environment, on complex, ever-changing issues: food security, ecological intensification, emerging diseases, the future of agriculture in developing countries, etc.
CIRAD has a global network of partners and of twelve regional offices, from which it conducts joint operations with more than 100 countries.
In France, it provides the national and global scientific communities with extensive research and training facilities, primarily in Montpellier and the French overseas regions.