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CGIAR Research Program Consultation

Related: Agriculture and Food Systems

​CGIAR (formerly the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a global agricultural research partnership that unites organizations for a food-secure future. CGIAR research is carried out by 15 Research Centers located around the globe; their research is coordinated by a Consortium Board and a Consortium Office in Montpellier, France. Funding is allocated through either the Fund Council or collaborative partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations, and the private sector. The 15 Research Centers generate and disseminate knowledge, technologies, and policies for agricultural development through CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), and the Fund Council provides reliable and predictable multi-year funding to support the research carried out by the Centers by funding the CRPs.

The current portfolio of 15 CRPs emerged from a design and consultation process initiated in 2010 and was originally designed for an implementation period of 10 years. CGIAR initiated a portfolio review process in 2014 to review the funding, research, and governance of the entire CGIAR system, with the interest in reducing the number of CRPs for greater efficiency and effectiveness. Meridian is assisting the 15 Research Centers in their portion of the portfolio review process, through the facilitation of interviews and in-person meetings. Meridian will help develop a set of options to reduce the number of CRPs, as well as a set of actions to ensure the portfolio review process increases efficiency and effectiveness. The results will be presented to the Fund Council, Consortium Office, and Consortium Board for consideration.

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