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Multilateral Collaborations

As part of our statutory mandate, ACIAR manages Australia’s investment in the global agricultural research system, chief among which is the CGIAR. Australia is among the larger investors in the CGIAR, with ACIAR staff involved in the highest levels of governance of the CGIAR system, and Australian scientists being prominent in the leadership and governance of the 15 CGIAR centres.

The CGIAR centres manage the global gene banks and deliver new crop varieties for the world’s most important food and fodder crops, and they undertake global research initiatives, such as climate smart agriculture and agriculture for nutrition and health, that would be impossible for individual countries to conduct on their own. This work delivers significant direct benefits to Australian rural industries, and it is important that Australia contributes to these global public goods.