Program Members

Bioversity International

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Bioversity International is the world's largest international research organization dedicated solely to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. It is non-profit organization, which operates independently.


Research on conservation and rational use of biodiversity is a vital issue within the world. The wider the plant and animal genetic diversity are available, the more opportunities there are for innovation and growth in agricultural production. Also, conservation of plant genetic recourses (PGR) provides more options to cope with the climate change and new pests and diseases. Varied biodiversity is a key component of clean environment, safe and nutritious food production and healthy life.

Biodiversity is available to communities even in the most impoverished areas of the world, indeed some of the world’s poorest countries are among the richest in biodiversity. Promoting research that can protect this biodiversity and harness it to fuel community development in ways that respect local traditions and the environment is what Bioversity is all about.

Bioversity is committed to research that can help to foster sustainable development, help  people living in poverty to secure dignified and sustainable livelihoods through food and agricultural production, and raise nutrition levels in areas where hunger is widespread and keep communities and the environment healthy. The area of Bioversity International‘s expertise is biodiversity, which is benefiting people, especially the people of the developing world. Those communities are the target groups of the research.


Bioversity International is motivated by a goal to contribute to the people’s well-being through increased incomes, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving environmental conditions by conservation and the deployment of agricultural biodiversity on farms and in forests.


Bioversity International undertakes, encourages and supports research and other activities on the rational use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient and sustainable crop harvests. Bioversity International’s aim is to promote the better well-being of people, particularly poor communities in developing countries, by helping to enhance food security, improve their health and nutrition, increase incomes recourses, and to conserve the natural resources on which they depend.

Bioversity collaborates with a range of partners within the world to maximize research impact, develop capacity on conservation of PGR and ensure the equal opportunities for all stakeholders.

Focus areas

The purpose of Bioversity International’ s research is to ensure the opportunity for the rational use of agricultural biodiversity by individuals or research institutions to meet the current and future needs of people within the world. To achieve this purpose, Bioversity concentrates its research on six main areas:

  • developing and implementing strategies for global collaboration to conserve and use genetic resources for food and agriculture production, policy development, information systems on genetic resources and awareness raising;
  • monitoring the status and trends of useful diversity, improving the in situ diversity and genetic erosion;
  • enhancing the ex- situ conservation and rational use of diversity of profitable species;
  • conservation and sustainable use of wild species;
  • managing agricultural biodiversity for better nutrition and improving the livelihoods of poor communities and ensuring sustainable production systems;
  • conserving and promoting of biodiversity of selected high value crops

Office Address

P.O. Box 4564
100000, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Osiyo str., 6
Tel: +998 71 137 2171
Fax: +998 71 120 7120

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

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CIMMYT is committed to improving livelihoods in developing countries. Through strong science and effective partnerships, we create, share, and use knowledge and technology to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources.

CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training center with direct links to about 100 developing countries through offices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We participate in an extensive global network of people and organizations who share similar development goals, including the public and private sector, non-governmental and civil society organizations, relief and health agencies, farmers, and the development assistance community.

The abbreviation "CIMMYT" derives from the Spanish version of our name: Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo.


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Apdo. Postal 6-641
06600 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Tel: +52(55) 5804-2004
Fax: +52(55) 5804-7558

International Potato Center

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The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym, CIP) seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, other root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.

CIP headquarters are in La Molina, outside of Lima, Peru’s capital, in an irrigated coastal valley. CIP also has experimental stations in Huancayo in the high Andes and in San Ramon on the eastern, rainforest-covered slopes, taking advantage of Peru’s varied geography and climate. The Center has another high Andes experiment station in Quito, Ecuador, and a worldwide network of regional offices and collaborators.

CIP has recruited an international team of scientists from 25 countries, supported by nationally recruited staff. In its first year of operation, CIP was funded by five donors. Today, the Center’s budget is underwritten by more than 40 donors.

CIP is a member of the Alliance of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and so receives its principal funding from the 58 governments, private foundations and international and regional organizations that constitute the CGIAR.


Office Address


P.O. Box 4564, 6 Osiyo Str., Tashkent 100000, Uzbekistan

Tel: (998-71) 137 17 82
Fax: (998-71) 120 71 25

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

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In 1972, the CGIAR commissioned a team of experts to study the potential threats of food shortages and loss of natural resources in the dry areas. The team recommended that an internationally supported, research center be set up to serve developing countries with large dry areas. The proposed center would focus on sub-tropical (temperate) zones. ICARDA’s founding charter was signed in 1975, with three United Nations agencies (the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Program and the World Bank) as co-sponsors, and Canada's International Development Research Centre as the executing agency. The government of Syria provided a 948-hectare site the following year, and operations began in 1977.

ICARDA’s headquarters. Tel Hadya, on the outskirts of the historic city of Aleppo, is an ideal site, for many reasons. Biophysical conditions – topography, soils, rainfall – are typical of the world’s non-tropical dry areas, ICARDA primary mandate area. It also lies in the heart of the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture began 10,000 years ago, and where many of the world’s most important crops originated or were first domesticated. Plant genetic diversity in the region is almost unique – and this diversity allows scientists to uncover new genes that control vital traits such as drought tolerance, disease resistance or grain quality.


Improved livelihoods of the resource-poor in the dry areas.


To contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources.


ICARDA has a global mandate for the improvement of barley, lentil and faba bean and serves the non-tropical dry areas for the improvement of on-farm water-use efficiency, rangeland and small-ruminant production. In the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, ICARDA contributes to the improvement of bread and durum wheats, kabuli chickpea, pasture and forage legumes and associated farming systems. It also works on improved land management, diversification of production systems, and value-added crop and livestock products. Social, economic and policy research is an integral component of ICARDA's research to better target poverty and to enhance the uptake and maximize impact of the research outputs.

Office Address

P.O. Box 4564, Tashkent 100000, Uzbekistan.
Street Address: Osiyo Str., Bldg 6, Suite 106.
Tel.: (998-71) 237-21-30; 237-21-69;
Fax: (998-71) 120-71-25;

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

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Biosaline Agriculture – Promising Frontier for Plant Production Systems in Arid Regions: Improving the Livelihood of Rural Communities in Central Asia and Caucasus

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) based in Dubai, UAE, has recently opened an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, housed in ICARDA establishment. Dr. Kristina Toderich, Researcher from Samarkand Division of Academy of Sciences was appointed as ICBA Plant Scientist in its office in Tashkent. ICBA along with ICARDA and IWMI is involved in a collaborative project in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan since 2004, through and ADB funded program. ICBA oversees activities related to ‘Crop selection’ in salt-affected areas in the participating countries. The activities include selection of salt-tolerant forage crops and integrated management in salt-affected farming areas. 57 germplasm of different species/cultivars/accessions provided by ICBA are presently being tested for evaluation and seed production. The germplasm is tested against local samples in quarantine conditions. Once the germplasm is fully evaluated and approved for introduction, it will be distributed to NARS partners during fall 2006.

The preliminary field results at the Institute of Plant Industry in Uzbekistan and experimental site in Akdepe, Turkmenistan, show good survival, seedling establishment, growth and adaptation of salt tolerant agricultural crops as Medicago sativa (varieties Eureka and Sceptre), Sorghum (Super Dan, Speed Feed and Sugar Graze cultivars), Pearl Millet (Wraj Pop, ICMV 155 cultivars), as well as wild halophytes as Atriplex nummularia, A. amnicola and A. undulata. Special attention is dedicated to Acacia ampliceps, a very fast growing salt tolerant tree species, which showed remarkable increase in height and plant canopy. Being highly drought-, salt- and to a lesser extend cold-resistant, last mentioned halophytes remain green throughout summer and winter season and provide forage during shortage periods of conventional forages. Another approach is growing salt-tolerant bushes, which provide not only the much needed palatable forages for the livestock but also improve the physical properties of soil and stabilize is against wind erosion. Further research in biomass productivity and forage quality of these species would further elaborate the role of ICBA germplasm in the CAC region.

Source: Dr Kristina Toderich (Tashkent) & Dr Shoaib Ismail (Dubai), ICBA.

Office Address


P.O. Box 4564, 6 Osiyo Str., Tashkent 100000, Uzbekistan

Tel: +998 71 137 2130; 137 2169;
Fax: +998 71 120 7125;

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics

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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a nonprofit, non-political organization that does innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development with a wide array of partners across the globe. ICRISAT's mission is to help empower 600 million poor people to overcome hunger, poverty and a degraded environment in the dry tropics through better agriculture. ICRISAT belongs to the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


International Food Policy Research Institute

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IFPRI's vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. The vision is based on the human right to adequate food and nutrition and recognition of the inherent dignity of all members of the human family. It is a world where every person has secure access to sufficient and safe food to sustain a healthy and productive life and where decisions related to food are made transparently and with the participation of consumers and producers.


IFPRI's mission is to provide policy solutions that cut hunger and malnutrition. This mission flows from the CGIAR mission: "To achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, policy, and natural resources management." Two key premises underlie IFPRI's mission. First, sound and appropriate local, national, and international public policies are essential to achieving sustainable food security and nutritional improvement. Second, research and the dissemination of its results are critical inputs into the process of raising the quality of the debate and formulating sound and appropriate food policies. IFPRI's mission entails a strong emphasis on research priorities and qualities that facilitate change:

  • identifying and analyzing alternative international, national, and local policies for improved food security and nutrition, with an emphasis on low-income countries and poor people and on the sound management of the natural resources base that supports agriculture;
  • contributing to capacity strengthening of people and institutions in developing countries conducting research on food policies; and
  • actively engaging in policy communication, making research results available to all those in a position to apply or use them, and carrying out dialogues with those users to link research and policy action.

IFPRI places a high priority on activities that benefit the greatest number of poor people in greatest need in the developing world. In carrying out its activities, IFPRI seeks to focus on vulnerable groups, as influenced by caste, class, religion, ethnicity, and gender.

IFPRI is also committed to providing international food policy knowledge as a global public good; that is, it provides knowledge relevant to decisionmakers both inside and outside the countries where research is undertaken. New knowledge on how to improve the food security of low-income people in developing countries is expected to result in large social benefits, but in most instances the private sector is unlikely to carry out research to generate such knowledge. IFPRI views public organizations and the private sector in food systems both as objects of study and as partners.

Given the large body of national and international food policy research, IFPRI's added value derives from its own cutting-edge research linked with academic excellence in other institutions, such as other CGIAR centers, universities, and other research institutes in the South and North, and from its application of this knowledge to national and international food policy problems.

The CGIAR(Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)

IFPRI is one of 15 food and environmental research organizations supported by the CGIAR. The centers, located around the world, conduct research in partnership with farmers, scientists, and policymakers to help alleviate poverty and increase food security while protecting the natural resource base. They are principally funded through the 58 countries, private foundations, and regional and international organizations that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


Office Address

2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1002
Phone: +1 202-862-5600
Fax: +1 202-467-4439

International Livestock Research Institute

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI works in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, with offices in East and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, China and Central America.

ILRI is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We employ over 700 staff from about 40 countries. About 80 staff are recruited through international competitions and represent some 30 disciplines. Around 600 staff are nationally recruited, largely from Kenya and Ethiopia.


All ILRI work is conducted in extensive and strategic partnerships that facilitate and add value to the contribution of many other players in livestock for development work. ILRI adopts an innovation systems approach to enhance the effectiveness of its research. Fundamental change in culture and process is envisaged to support innovations at all levels, from individual livestock keepers to national and international decision makers.


Throughout the developing world, farm animals create means for hundreds of millions of people to escape absolute poverty. Livestock in developing countries contribute up to 80 percent of agricultural GDP; 600 million rural poor people rely on livestock for their livelihoods.

Globally, livestock are becoming agriculture’s most economically important sub-sector, with demand in developing countries for animal foods projected to double over the next 20 years. The ongoing ‘livestock revolution’ offers many of the world’s poor a pathway out of poverty.

Livestock not only provide poor people with food, income, traction and fertilizer but also act as catalysts that transform subsistence farming into income-generating enterprises, allowing poor households to join the market economy.

Livestock sustain all forms of agricultural intensification—from the Sahelian rangelands of West Africa to the mixed smallholdings in the highlands of East Africa to highly intensified rice production in Asia. Research is helping farmers exploit the potential of their animals to turn the nutrient cycling on their farms faster and more efficiently.

Holding back livestock development in poor countries are inappropriate policies, scarce livestock feeds, devastating diseases, degraded lands and water resources, and poor access to markets. Research by ILRI and its partners is helping to alleviate these problems by developing new knowledge as well as technological and policy options.


ILRI is guided by a board of trustees comprising 12 leading professionals in relevant research, development and management issues. The institute belongs to the CGIAR, an association of more than 60 governments and public- and private-sector institutions supporting a network of 15 agricultural research centres working to reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation in developing countries. The co-sponsors of the CGIAR are the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.


ILRI is funded by more than 60 private, public and government organizations of the North and South. The institute’s expenditure for 2005 was US$32.2 million. Some donors support ILRI with core and program funds whereas others finance individual research projects. In-kind support from national partners such as Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as that from international collaborators, is substantial and vital. This mix of generic, specific and in-kind resources is essential for the partnership research we conduct.


Office Address

ILRI Kenya - Headquarters
P.O.Box 30709
Nairobi 00100, Kenya 
Tel  + 254-20 422 3000 
       + 1-650 833 6660 (USA direct) 
Fax + 254-20 422 3001 
       + 1-650 833 6661 (USA direct) 
Telex 22040 ILRI/Nairobi/Kenya

International Water Management Institute

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The International Water Management Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries. IWMI works with partners in the South to develop tools and methods to help these countries eradicate poverty through more effective management of their water and land resources.

Mission: Improving water and land resources management for food livelihoods and nature.

The objectives of IWMI's work:

  • Identify the larger issues related to water management and food security that need to be understood and addressed by governments and policymakers.
  • Develop, test and promote management practices and tools that can be used by governments and institutions to manage water and land resources more effectively, and address water scarcity issues.
  • Clarify the link between poverty and access to water and to help governments and the research community better understand the specific water-related problems of poor people.
  • Help developing countries build their research capacities to deal with water scarcity and related food security issues.

Research Themes:

Following the recent Strategic Planning process, IWMI has refined its research framework to better reflect the broader water-food-environment challenges. As part of the new framework, IWMI has organized its research around four main activities: mapping water productivity; mapping water poverty; analyzing high potential interventions and assessing impacts.

Corresponding with this refined research framework, IWMI’s thematic structure has also been tightened from the previous five themes to four new themes, with two cross-cutting Communities of Practice devoted to issues of policies and institutions as well as human health.

The four new IWMI themes are:

  1. Basin Water Management
  2. Land, Water and Livelihoods
  3. Agriculture, Water and Cities
  4. Water Management and Environment

Where we work:

IWMI has research projects running in 21 countries in Asia and Africa. Work is coordinated through regional offices located in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Institute has subregional offices in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Uzbekistan, China, and Laos.

Our research staff:

The Institute has a multidisciplinary approach to water management research. Most of IWMI's research combines the expertise of economists, agronomists, hydrologists, engineers, sociologists, management specialists and health researchers. The research team is composed of approximately 100 scientists from 16 different countries.


IWMI is a member of the Future Harvest group of agricultural and environmental research centers. It receives its principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which contribute to poverty eradication.

IWMI is a member of the Future Harvest group of agricultural and environmental research centers. It receives its principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which contribute to poverty eradication.

IWMI is a member of the Future Harvest group of agricultural and environmental research centers. It receives its principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which contribute to poverty eradication.


Office Address

P.O. Box 4564, 6 Osiyo Str., Tashkent 100000, Uzbekistan

Tel: +998 71 137 0445;

Michigan State University

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Central Asia and Caucasus Regional Network for Vegetable Systems Research and Development

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To assist in the development of market-oriented vegetable production systems and promote vegetable research strategies for NARS in the region, WORLDVEG - World Vegetable Center established the Central Asia and Caucasus Regional Network for Vegetable Systems Research and Development (CACVEG) in August 9, 2006.

CACVEG has the following specific objectives:

  • To promote sustainable and improved production of quality and safe vegetables for consumption, processing, trade and to develop indigenous vegetable-related industries within Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) region.
  • To foster collaborative research partnerships among the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in areas of common interest, in order to attain better and more efficient use of the expertise, technologies, germplasm and scarce resources available within CAC.
  • To facilitate the generation and adoption of improved technologies for vegetable systems R&D through elaboration of jointly projects, collaborative research, information exchange and scientific consultation.
  • To strengthen the technical proficiency of vegetable professionals with scientific capability to respond to the national and regional needs for efficient and sustained vegetable production.
  • To strengthen linkages for acquisition and exchange of relevant information and technologies among and outside the CAC region..

    Major activities of the network

    • Germplasm collection, conservation, characterization and exchange, in close collaboration with appropriate international agencies
    • Testing of improved varieties, segregating lines and other relevant materials
    • Collaborative research on agreed topics, with individual countries taking lead roles in areas where they have interest and comparative advantage
    • Seminars, conferences, workshops and training courses on topics of common interest
    • Information exchange, including publication of newsletters, bibliographies, bulletins, and manuals
    • Collection and establishment of baseline data on vegetables
    • Capacity building

    National coordinators on Vegetable System Research and Development

    The Governance of CACVEG resides in the Steering Committee composed of one senior official nominated by adjustment with government of each CAC country. National Coordinators on Vegetable System R&D have been appointed in CAC countries:

    1. Armenia - Dr. Gayane Martirosyan, Scientific secretary, Scientific Center of Vegetable, Melons & Industrial Crops.
    2. Azerbaijan - Dr. Fuad Mammadov, Director, Azerbaijan Research Institute of Vegetable Growing/
    3. Georgia - Dr. Nato Kakabadze, Head of Department, Research Institute of Crop Husbandry.
    4. Kazakhstan - Dr. Temirjan Aytbaev, Director, Research Institute of Potato and Vegetable Growing.
    5. Kyrgyzstan - Acad. Jamin Akimaliev, Director General,Kyrgyz Research Institute of Crop Husbandry.
    6. Tajikistan - Dr. Bakhrom Sanginov, Head of Department, The Institute of Horticulture and Vegetable Growing.
    7. Turkmenistan - Dr. Geldi Goshayev, Director, Research Institute of Crop Husbandry.
    8. Uzbekistan - Prof. Botyr Azimov, Councilor of National Project, Uzbek Research Institute of Vegetables, Melon Crops & Potato.


    Collaborative research with partner institutes on CAC Regional Varietal trial:

    1. Scientific Center of Vegetable, Melons & Industrial Crops, Armenia
    2. Azerbaijan Research Institute of Vegetable Growing, Azerbaijan
    3. Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Georgia
    4. Research Institute of Potato and Vegetable Growing, Kazakhstan
    5. Kyrgyz Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Kyrgyzstan
    6. The Institute of Horticulture and Vegetable Growing, Tajikistan
    7. Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Turkmenistan
    8. Uzbek Research Institute of Plant Industry, Uzbekistan
    9. Uzbek Research Institute of Vegetables, Melon Crops & Potato, Uzbekistan
    10. Tashkent State Agrarian University, Uzbekistan

    Collaborators in CAC countries: Academy of Sciences, Farmers’ Association, public and private sector.

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