CIRAD (Agricultural Research for Development)

CIRAD works with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.

Agricultural research for development

Agriculture is one of the key factors in the successful development of countries in the South. CIRAD fulfils its mandate of targeted research by using its expertise to work towards a specific objective: imagining an agriculture capable of feeding eight billion human beings by 2030, an agriculture that is fair and preserves the health and the environment of all.

On a local and a global level, CIRAD drives science and agriculture forward for the benefit of all, in both North and South, in an increasingly interdependent world.

Its mandate is warranted by the international situation: the importance of the main global issues for mankind (emerging diseases, biodiversity management, guaranteeing harvests, etc), the interdependence of the questions to be tackled by research for development, and the growing interest in agricultural issues as regards the development agenda.

Training and knowledge sharing

Training, dissemination of information and knowledge sharing naturally serve to complement agricultural research by helping give our partners and development players the means to make the choices incumbent upon them. This is a vital part of CIRAD's mandate, for which each and every one of its researchers is responsible.

CIRAD is also a major player in talks between Europe and the South. It belongs to numerous European and international networks, and facilitates access for its partners in the South to EU programmes and to the excellence of European research.

In one particular European research project available on weADAPT, CIRCE, CIRAD was involved in work in Research Line 13 on Induced Responses and Policies. CIRAD is also a partner in the EcoAdapt project, which investigates ecosystem‐based strategies and innovations in water governance networks for adaptation to climate change in Latin American landscapes.


The EcoAdapt Project

The EcoAdapt project assisted South American communities in developing their ecosystem-based adaptation strategies.

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AMMA 2050: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis 2050

The AMMA-2050 team will investigate how physical processes interact to cause ‘high impact weather events’ such as storms and heat waves that affect lives and livelihoods.

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Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation in Three Latin American Model Forests

This Occasional Paper presents the results of the EcoAdapt Project, a joint undertaking by four research and five civil society organizations from Europe and Latin America. 

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Integrating ecosystem- and community-based adaptation

Ecosystem- and community- based both have valuable benefits, but are often used in isolation.This article describes lessons learned from the integration of both approaches in the EcoAdapt project.

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EFICAS Project

The EFICAS Project aims at developing innovative methods and intervention approaches to support farmers’ adoption of climate smart agricultural systems based on Conservation Agriculture

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iModeler manual: a quick guide for fuzzy cognitive modelling

This paper introduce Fuzzy Cognitive Modelling (FCM) and provide step by step guidance and tips for using iModeler (both qualitative and quantitative approaches) and was used in the EcoAdapt project

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