Our core business is structured around five research priorities:
Genetic resources. We mine genes and add novel diversity to develop superior germplasm that can withstand future climate- and market-related challenges.
Adapting to climate change. We develop climate-smart crops and livestock for greater food and nutritional security.
Building resilience. We build integrated crop-livestock farming systems by optimizing economic, social, and environmental conditions in resource-poor areas.
Promoting value chains and policies. We promote sustainable value chains and viable policies and off-farm activities to diversify incomes.
Enhancing water and land productivity. We support the sustainable use of water and land resources through rain-fed, irrigated and agro-pastoral farming.
Our research agenda also includes four cross-cutting themes:
Scaling up proven technologies. To ensure that our research has impact on the lives of people, we scale up proven technologies, investing in partnerships with agricultural research institutes, the private sector, NGOs, development agencies, financial institutions, and key change agents.
Empowering women and youth. We improve women’s access to land, water, seeds, financial credit, and knowledge, and to address youth unemployment explore ways to make the agricultural sector more attractive to young people using technology and the value chains of key commodities.
Building capacity. We are committed to building research capacity to develop an empowered cadre of young researchers and thriving institutions in the dry areas, building on our extensive network of partnerships to apply research in the field and engage closely with smallholder farmers.
Big data and ICT. Big data incorporating geo-informatics, remote sensing and genomics are revolutionizing the way we work. We use these to enhance research efficiencies and policy communications.