At a Glance

Strategic Initiatives

Under its strategy for 2014–2020, CIAT has embarked on forward-looking strategic initiatives, whose aim is to open new avenues for enhancing the development impact of our research. The new initiatives are rapidly gaining buy-in through expanded partnerships, and major projects are underway in pursuit of their central aims.


Sharpening the focus of research on sustainable food systems

The purpose of this initiative is to help guide food systems toward an equitable and sustainable future, against a background of rapid …

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Ecosystem Action

Renewing rural landscapes for improved food security and livelihoods

Tropical agriculture is a major source and user of vital ecosystem services but also exerts more negative pressure on them …

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Fast-tracking tropical forages for twin-win agricultural systems

The central aim of this initiative is to create the necessary conditions for widespread establishment of agricultural systems that incorporate sown forages. …

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Our Stories

The United Nations’ expected launch of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the end of 2015 will decisively settle the issue of what agricultural research must achieve in the years to come. Our challenge then will be to tackle the question of how we can reach these goals more quickly. As this collection of stories illustrates, CIAT scientists are betting on two kinds of vehicles to quicken the pace – first, seed- or crop-based solutions that enhance the value and resilience of farm production, and, second, system solutions (in the form of data and information) that shape key decisions about agriculture and natural resources.

The African Grass that Came Home from America

Ask any non-African what they usually associate with this continent – at least when a crisis like the current Ebola outbreak isn’t capturing everyone’s attention…

Digging up the Truth on Dirt

On first arriving in Lushoto town, after winding up a steep mountain range, “diversity” is not the first word that comes to mind. Unless, that…

Big Data: Farmers’ New Ally in Fighting Climate Change

In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Summit held last September in New York City, CIAT scientists figured among the two overall winners of…

Sting Operation to Thwart Cassava Threat in Asia

In a sting operation to combat invading pest species in Asia, researchers released around 3,000 tiny parasitic wasps in Indonesia during September 2014. The biological…

National Snapshots of Climate-Smart Agriculture

Farmers and agricultural experts across Latin America and the Caribbean know quite a bit about climate-smart agriculture or CSA. But only if each country really…

Beans that Can Beat the Heat

Alleviating fears that bean production will take a big hit from global warming, CIAT researchers have identified about 30 “elite” lines showing tolerance to temperatures…

Beans to the Rescue in Madagascar

Madagascar is known for its sunny beaches and scuba diving. What many probably don’t know is that it is also among the world’s least developed…

Helping Haiti Climate Proof its Agriculture

Agriculture is the most important sector of Haiti’s economy, contributing 25% of its gross domestic product and employing almost 60% of the labor force. Already…

Landscapes on the Road to Restoration

After years of neglect, large-scale restoration of degraded land is winning major support from governments and even private investors. The potential benefits – such as…

Scientific Foundations for Africa’s First Water Fund

Every rainy season Jane Kabugi’s home comes under attack. The torrential rain so desperately needed downstream to meet Kenya’s rising demand for hydropower – and…

When inclusive Business is Good Business

Unilever, the world's third largest consumer goods company, has adopted a research-based methodology to foster business practices that benefit smallholder farmers. In 2012 alone, the…

Lending a Hand with Transgenic Rice

In keeping with longstanding CIAT policies on genetic transformation, Center scientists lent their support this year to demonstrating proof of concept for transgenic rice lines…

Financial and Administrative Support

CIAT’s research programs received valuable financial and administrative support this year in their efforts to deliver the Center’s strategy for 2014-2020, while providing leadership of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and contributing to 11 other CGIAR research programs (CRPs) as well.


In 2014, CIAT’s net assets increased to US$22.3 million, and daily operating expenses rose to $0.23 million. By the end of that year, the Center’s staff had grown to a total of 952.

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Financial results for 2014

CIAT increased its revenues this year by 17% to US$133 million. Almost $10 million of this resulted from fully accounting for the activities of partners in HarvestPlus.

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Financial Outlook for 2015

Changes in the Consortium Financing Plan for 2015 and 2016 have created considerable budget uncertainty. Efforts are underway to compensate budget reduction and lower operating costs.

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Donor Support

CIAT’s research is made possible by the multi-donor CGIAR Fund as well as by grants from many organizations, some of which are also Fund donors.

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Meet Our People

CIAT has a total of 991 staff, including 558 professionals, of whom 371 are scientists; 803 are based in Colombia or elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, while 157 are in sub-Saharan Africa, 28 in Asia, 2 in the USA, and 1 in Europe.

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