One of CIRAD's roles – as a public targeted research organization – is to inform public action, policy and instruments. This relies on the scientific knowledge co-produced with our partners in tropical and Mediterranean countries. One specificity is our ability to work on a range of scales, from local to global.
Research in support of public policy
Our research results, which are widely disseminated in the form of scientific publications and institutional documents, serve to support policymaking. We provide expertise and advice within a range of consultation and decision-making bodies:
- from the national level (interministerial committee on international cooperation and development - CICID; interministerial group on food security - GISA; French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety - ANSES, etc.)
- to the global level (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC; Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - IPBES; Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - RSPO, etc.)
A science diplomacy player
CIRAD's legal status and remit make it a major science diplomacy player. It is a public research organization under the dual authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and has longstanding partnerships with tropical and Mediterranean countries.
CIRAD is a major science diplomacy player. We help boost global expertise in the living world and agriculture, contribute to French bilateral scientific cooperation and global development policy, and welcome overseas students. We work towards the sustainable development goals, alongside the countries that benefit from French public development aid.
Impacts on the ground
Understanding innovation mechanisms better enables a more effective contribution to development. This is why we are committed to studying the impact of our research. The ImpresS method developed to this end serves to analyse projects both before and after their implementation.
How does CIRAD's research contribute to sustainable development in tropical and Mediterranean countries? How can we build research operations that optimize its impact on that development?