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CIRAD, an ally for local authorities

CIRAD works closely with French regions and departments, notably overseas (West Indies-French Guiana-Caribbean, Réunion-Mayotte-Indian Ocean) and in Occitanie. In these zones, our research contributes to the development of agricultural and agrifood value chains, while preserving the environment and biodiversity.

We also play a part in leading animal health surveillance networks such as CaribVet and OneHealth Indian Ocean, to prevent diseases entering the French overseas regions and neighbouring countries.

Professional training is another major element of our partnerships with local authorities, which encompass a large part of their territorial development remit. They take various forms, such as:

  • project funding and coordinated project management
  • organization of scientific seminars and events, in association with local socioeconomic players,
  • etc.

Solutions for socioeconomic players 

We work alongside firms, federations, local authorities and NGOs to develop environmentally friendly, socially responsible innovations in the field of agriculture, in association with tropical and Mediterranean regions. Our aim is to work together for a more sustainable, inclusive world.

A longstanding presence in the French overseas regions

The French overseas regions are hugely important for CIRAD, in terms of the number of employees and the proportion of projects based there, as well as the wealth of partnerships it has there (universities, local authorities, professional bodies) and the existence of innovative infrastructures.

  • Our main mission in the French overseas regions is science: to work on issues specific to the territories concerned to produce results that can subsequently be rolled out to other zones.
  • We support local agricultural value chains – banana, sugarcane and alternative value chains – while boosting their sustainability, by means of the agroecological transition.
  • Lastly, we work with neighbouring countries, via research and training, and with animal health surveillance networks.

A base in Occitanie

Montpellier is CIRAD's main geographical base, with two thirds of its staff members. There are more than 30 research units at the site, which is home to top-level research and reception infrastructures. The centre is largely open to the outside world, and acts as a hub linking all of CIRAD's installations and staff members in almost 50 countries.