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CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management. Its work centres on six main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.
CIRAD works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development. It puts its scientific and institutional expertise at the disposal of policymakers in those countries and global debates on the main issues concerning agriculture. It also supports French scientific diplomacy operations.