Global Research Collaborations

Recognising that agricultural research is an international enterprise, ACIAR fosters and manages global research collaborations with multilateral partners ranging from international agricultural research centres through to privately-funded foundations.

ACIAR manages Australia’s investment in the international agricultural research system, as mandated by the ACIAR Act. The major investment is in CGIAR, the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network that comprises 15 international agricultural research centres and 11,000 staff, working in about 70 countries around the world.

Map courtesy of 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 prominent in the leadership and governance of the 15 CGIAR centres. In addition to the CGIAR system, ACIAR also supports several other international-scale organisations or networks.

Our investment in these multilateral collaborations gives Australia ‘a seat at the table’. Through these investments we seek to maintain a strong, innovative voice in international agricultural research and contribute to maintaining a coordinated partnership approach to addressing challenges in global food systems.

Additionally, ACIAR establishes programs with other investors in international agricultural research, from the public and private sector. These partnerships may be built on shared design and management of programs between all contributing donors, such as the Cultivate Africa’s Future program, co-funded with Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Alternatively, there are partnerships where a donor will co-fund an ACIAR project, and ACIAR is responsible for the management of the project, such as projects managed by ACIAR under the DFAT–ACIAR Record of Understanding.

Multilateral collaborations

Agricultural research is an international enterprise. Australia draws heavily on new knowledge from across the global agricultural innovation system, as well as making our own distinctive contribution to that knowledge base. Our Multilateral Collaborations program builds and manages partnerships with a range of international organisations, institutes and associations engaged in agricultural research and in the delivery of global public goods.

Funding and supporting international agricultural research centres

ACIAR manages and develops partnerships with a range of international and regional organisations—the CGIAR being the primary one. ACIAR continues to work with partners whose objectives and investments align with ACIAR activities, such as government, private sector and donor organisations, to manage regional programs that enhance knowledge and capacity in partner countries.

The Multilateral Program also encompasses partnerships and engagement with other organisations relevant to ACIAR’s mission. These include:

  • Asia–Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), with ACIAR Chair of the Executive Committee for 2020–21
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Centre for Agricultural Biosciences International (CABI)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Global Forum on Agricultural Research
  • The Group of 20—Meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists
  • The Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, with ACIAR Chair of the GRA in 2020–21
  • The World Bank
  • World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg)
Realizing the potential of vegetables - 2019 Annual report ACIAR & World Vegetable Center
CABI and ACIAR Partnership Annual report 2019
SPC and ACIAR Partnership Report brief 2019
ACIAR and SPC LRD Partnership Arrangement 2019