CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.
Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management. Its work centres on six main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.
CIRAD works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development. It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the disposal of policymakers in those countries and global debates on the main issues concerning agriculture. It also supports French scientific diplomacy operations.
It employs 1 650 people, including 800 researchers, and has an annual operating budget of 200 million euros in 2015.