CGIAR Strategy 2016–2030

We aim to contribute to achieving 150 million fewer hungry people, 100 million fewer poor people by 2030 as part of the CGIAR Strategy 2016–2030.

The CGIAR has three goals, or System Level Outcomes (SLOs). They are as follows:

  • To reduce poverty
  • Improve food and nutrition security
  • Improve natural resources and ecosystem services

The goals contribute strongly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at:

  • no poverty
  • zero hunger
  • good health and well-being
  • gender equality
  • clean water and sanitation
  • climate action
  • life on land

Our research priorities

Our research priorities come under our overall research themes  and include:

  • Strengthening seed sector
  • Supporting  sustainable agro-input supply and use
  • Strengthening national agricultural research and extension systems
  • Scaling models – public private partnerships
  • Engaging youth in agriculture
  • Developing improved varieties, agronomy, crop protection
  • Establishing sustainable intensification/diversification
  • Linking farmers to markets
  • Mechanization, post harvest and processing
  • Establishing the importance of gender and youth
  • Developing safe and nutritious food

CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) II Portfolio

CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) were designed to address today’s most pressing agricultural research-for-development challenges such as climate change, agriculture, and food security and rural poverty at a global level. The CRPs aligned the research of 15 CGIAR Research Centers  and their partners into efficient, coherent, multidisciplinary programs to tackle complex development issues.

The CRP II portfolio builds on the original CRPs to maintain momentum in selected areas, but puts more emphasis on integrated agri-food systems based approaches, nutrition and health, climate change, soils and degraded l and, reducing food systems waste, food safety, global stewardship of genetic resources, and big data & ICT.

 IITA Agri-Food System programs

Under the current Agri-Food System programs, we are actively conducting research in the following programs:

  • Dryland Cereals and Legumes systems
  • Maize agri-food systems
  • Roots, tubers and bananas agri-food systems

The other CGIAR research programs include the following:

  • Fish agri-food systems
  • Forest and Agroforestry landscapes
  • Livestock agri-food systems
  • Rice agri-food systems
  • Wheat agri-food systems

Global Integrating programs


  • Genebanks
  • Genetic Gains
  • Big data & ICT