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The CIRAD is a public industrial and commercial establishment (EPIC), under the joint supervision of the Ministry for Research and the delegated Ministry for Overseas Aid and Francophony.


The CIRAD, a scientific organization specialized in agricultural research applied to warm climates, contributes to rural development in tropical and sub-tropical countries by providing the following services:

  • laboratory research, on station and in producer situations.
  • expertise, diagnosis and services.
  • technology transfer.
  • production and marketing, procedures, plant material.
  • product development and management.
  • training, teaching and institutional support.
  • scientific and technical information.

Fields of Activity

  • annual crops (sugarcane, cotton, food crops, agrosystems).
  • tree crops (cocoa, coffee, coconut, rubber, oil palm).
  • fruit and horticultural crops (fruit trees, banana, plantain and pineapple, horticultural products).
  • animal production and veterinary medicine (rangeland and wildlife management, animal production, animal health).
  • environmental economics and sustainable development.
  • forestry (trees and plantations, forest products, natural forests).
  • territories, environment and people (family agriculture, land and resources, savannas and irrigated systems, humid and insular tropics).
  • advanced methods for innovation in science (agrifood systems, agronomy, plant biotechnologies and genetic resources, economics, policies and markets, plant modelling, crop protection).

Key Figures

  • A budget of 152.5 million euros (2001).
  • 1,800 employees, including 900 executives.
  • 800 researchers and technicians hosted each year for work experience or training.
  • research unit in France: in Montpellier, in the Paris region, in Corsica and also in the French overseas departments and territories.
  • researchers in 50 countries working within national structures or supporting development operations.
  • international aid to more than 90 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, South America and Europe.
  • 28 programs, spread over 7 departments.
  • 2 libraries 150,000 works, 4,200 periodicals and 20 international databases.