CIRAD – Agricultural Research for Development

CIRAD is a French research centre which, together with the countries of the South, responds to international issues relating to agriculture and development.


Its activities are in the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences applied to agriculture, food, the environment and the management of territories. Cirad works on major themes such as food security, climate change, management of natural resources, reduction of inequalities and fight against poverty.

With its partners in the South, CIRAD produces and transmits new knowledge to support innovation and agricultural development.

It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the service of the public policies of these countries and international debates on the major issues of agriculture, therefore supporting the scientific diplomacy of France.

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Crop pest insect in the Western Cape © J.Haran

Six researchers are now assigned to the Universities of Western Cape, Pretoria and Stellenbosch and 25 to 50 scientific missions take place each year. The main areas of collaboration include land management, governance, crop pests and animal health.

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), a partnership between the University of Pretoria and CIRAD started in 2014, is the first institution entirely dedicated to public policy and governance.

Find out more about CIRAD projects currently underway in South Africa.

publie le 13/08/2020

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