Created in 1971, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is an association of public and private members that supports a system of 15 international agricultural research centers. The CGIAR Centers work in more than 100 countries to mobilize cutting-edge science to reduce hunger and poverty, improve human nutrition and health, and protect the environment. All new technologies resulting from the Centers’ research are freely available to everyone.
The CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program
In 1991, the CGIAR launched a program on gender staffing aimed at assisting the CGIAR-supported international agricultural research centers in their efforts to promote the recruitment, productivity, advancement and retention of women scientists and professionals within their organizations. In July 1999, this program expanded to include a wide range of diversity issues. G&D assists the Centers leverage their rich staff diversity to increase research and management excellence. G&D also promotes such activities as diversity-positive recruitment, international teamwork, cross-cultural communications and advancement for women.