The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) works as a strategic global partnership between the world's leading research institutions on agriculture, climate change, and food security.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations. The work they support is carried out by the 15 Centers of the CGIAR, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector.
CCAFS is a collaboration among all 15 CGIAR research centers and coordinates with the other CGIAR research programs. Our partnership creates significant new avenues for interaction and synergies. CCAFS research will build on our comparative advantages and go beyond what could be done by any one program or group of centers.
The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) transitioned at the end of 2012 into 'Future Earth', planned as a 10-year international research initiative for global sustainability. During the development period, the Global Environmental Change research programmes, DIVERSITAS, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, and World Climate Research Programme, will continue close collaboration with each other.
The Interational Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), is an agricultural research institution focussed on scientific solutions to hunger in the tropics. Based in Cali, Colombia, CIAT has been helping smallholders grow more food and earn more money for 40 years. Established in 1970, as one of the four original research centers of CGIAR, CIAT now works in more than 50 countries worldwide.
CCAFS work is led by staff at CGIAR centres and at six partner universities:
- Leeds University - School of Earth and Environment
- Columbia University - International Research Institute for Climate and Society
- University of Vermont - Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
- University of Oxford - Environmental Change Institute
- Utrecht University
- Wageningen University & Research