CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. CIRAD works with the whole range of developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture
It has a staff of 800 researchers, of which 40% are working overseas. Encompassing 34 research units, Cirad works in all areas of tropical agricultural science, crop and animal production and health, forestry and their challenges including environmental risks, food security, sustainable agriculture, emerging diseases and the future of rural societies.
South Africa is considered as a priority country by Cirad due to its capacity to mobilize human and financial resources for research and development and its leading role in developing a regional hub for cooperation in southern Africa.
Active in South Africa in the field of Social sciences since 1995, Cirad has recently strengthened and diversified its activities in South Africa, with the aim of fostering regional cooperation with SADC and Indian Ocean countries. This strategy will benefit of the strengthened partnership with the other French research institutions present in South Africa.
Seven CIRAD researchers and PhD students are presently seconded in Cape Town, Pretoria and Stellenbosch universities (UCT, UP, SUN), and 25 to 50 short-term missions are performed every year. The main fields of cooperation are related to land policies and management, governance, natural resources, virus diversity, food science and animal health.
CIRAD regional website