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CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement)



  • Organisation and functioning 


CIRAD is a French research center working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues.

CIRAD is a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France.

CIRAD has a global network of partners and of twelve regional offices, from which it conducts joint operations with more than 90 countries. Its bilateral partnerships fit in with multilateral operations of regional interest. In metropolitan France, it provides extensive research and training facilities, primarily in Montpellier to the national and global scientific communities.

CIRAD is a founding member of Agreenium , the national consortium for agriculture, food, animal health and the environment, and a member of the Alliance nationale de coordination de la recherche pour l’énergie.

CIRAD in figures:
-  staff of 1800, including 800 researchers.
- Three scientific departments: Biological Systems (BIOS), Performance of tropical production and processing systems (Persyst), and Environment and Societies (ES).
- 46 research units.
- Around thirty collective research tools available to partners from developing countries.
- About 5 million euros spent on PhD courses; 800 researchers and technicians from all over the world welcomed and trained each year.


  • Objectives

CIRAD fulfils its mandate of targeted research by using its expertise to work towards a specific objective: imagining an agriculture capable of feeding eight billion human beings by 2030, an agriculture that is fair and preserves the health and the environment of all.

On a local and a global level, CIRAD drives science and agriculture forward for the benefit of all, in both North and South, in an increasingly interdependent world.

Training, dissemination of information and knowledge sharing naturally serve to complement agricultural research by helping to give its partners and development players the means to make the choices incumbent upon them and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.


  • Activities

CIRAD's operations centre on six priority lines of research:

-        Ecological intensification

-        Biomass energy and societies in the south

-        Accessible, quality food

-        Animal health and emerging diseases

-        Public policy, poverty and inequality

-        Agriculture, environment, nature and societies


CIRAD's expertise covers various scientific fields:

-        Studies, assessments, economic analyses, prospective analyses, diagnostic surveys, technical support
-        Research and development project design and management
-        Organization of professional training
-        Laboratory analyses
-        National and international policy support
-        Quarantine service in Montpellier


  • Relation and role within CaribVET 

The joint research unit (UMR 15) for the control of animal diseases and emerging (CIRAD / INRA) based in Guadeloupe is heavily involved in the operation of CaribVET. Thus, the CIRAD-Guadeloupe:

-   Participates in the organization and coordination of CaribVET activities
- Provides scientific and technical support to veterinary services and epidemiological surveillance systems in the Caribbean
-   Manages the website
-   Participates in health monitoring in Guadeloupe
-   Offers training


  • Website

General Website of CIRAD:

Website of CIRAD - Guadeloupe:


  • Contact

Domaine Duclos, Prise-D'eau, 97170 Petit-Bourg - Guadeloupe
Tél. : +590 5 90 25 54 44   -  Fax : +590 5 90 94 03 96
Courriel :

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