Our work

As world leaders in agricultural research, Australian scientists are encouraged and supported to use their skills for the benefit of partner countries while at the same time contributing to solutions to meet Australia’s own agricultural challenges.

The diversity of our own agriculture sector, which extends from the tropics to the arid zone, continues to thrive while operating in highly variable and challenging climates with minimal external subsidies.  This suggests the Australian agricultural sector has valuable knowledge and expertise to share with other countries facing similar challenges, including farmers, rural poor, consumers, researchers and policymakers.

Since 1982, ACIAR has supported research projects in four regions—eastern and southern Africa, East Asia, South and West Asia and the Pacific. Our research projects focus on crops, agribusiness, horticulture, forestry, livestock, fisheries, water and climate, social sciences, and soil and land management. They deliver specific development outcomes. 

To date, ACIAR has commissioned and managed more than 1,500 research projects in 36 countries, partnering with 150 institutions along with more than 50 Australian research organisations.

How we work

We broker, facilitate, invest in and manage strategic partnerships with public and private research institutions to improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems and the resilience of food systems in partner countries.

ACIAR identifies opportunities and partnerships to undertake international agricultural research and capacity building but does not undertake research directly.

Our efforts contribute significantly to Australia’s aid program and the achievement of its goals.

The collaborative international programs and partnerships underpinning ACIAR-supported research also improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems in Australia.

ACIAR-supported projects are designed to produce specific research outputs that translate to development outcomes. Our six high-level objectives include:

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Improving food security and reducing poverty among smallholder farmers and rural communities, Managing natural resources and producing food more sustainably, adapting to climate variability and mitigating climate change, Enhancing human nutrition and reducing risks to human health, Improving gender equity and empowerment of women and girls, Fostering more inclusive agrifood and forestry value chains, engaging the private sector where possible, Building scientific & policy capability within partner countries

Read more in the ACIAR 10-Year Strategy 2018-2027.