CIRAD (www.cirad.fr) is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management.
Its work centres on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation. CIRAD works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development. It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the disposal of policymakers in those countries and global debates on the main issues concerning agriculture. It also supports French scientific diplomacy operations.
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Research Topics and Strategies
In response to the economic, social and environmental changes resulting from globalization, CIRAD has renewed its scientific strategy, which now centres on six priority lines of research, accompanied by a new geographical partnership strategy aimed at expanding and consolidating its international cooperation structure.
The world around us is ever-changing, largely as a result of pressure from economic globalization and new communication methods.
The growth in food and energy requirements has put agriculture firmly back in the international spotlight. The future of agricultural activities and of the people involved in them is a major global issue.
An agricultural science that crosses borders, that is open to the outside and respects people, territories and the environment, is what is required to address the major development issues.
CIRAD maintains close links with higher education establishments in North and South. Its researchers are particularly heavily involved in training PhD students and receiving post-docs. Training in and through research is an essential part of CIRAD's remit.
CIRAD backs up its PhD training policy with incentive operations and research grants intended for PhD and post-doc students working on topics considered to be of strategic importance.
Around a dozen new half-scholarships are awarded per academic year.
In all, CIRAD devotes more than 2 million euros to PhD training each year. Almost 60% of the PhD students supervised by CIRAD researchers come from countries in the global South.
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