ACIAR’s strategy under the Global Program is to be both a valued donor and a strong research partner in the international agricultural research arena.

ACIAR’s Global Program builds and manages ACIAR’s multilateral partnerships with a range of international
organisations, institutes and associations engaged in agricultural research. It supports the implementation
of one of ACIAR’s mandated roles of ‘funding and supporting the International Agricultural Research
Centres (IARCs)’. For the 2017–18 period, this will primarily be allocated in support of the multilateral
IARC organisations, and a suite of co-funded project alliances with like-minded donors across multiple
countries in eastern and southern Africa, as well as biosecurity capacity building.

The majority of the support is to CGIAR. CGIAR comprises 15 Research Centers which work in partnership
under 12 thematically research programs and 3 platforms in close collaboration with hundreds of partner
organisations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organisations, academia
and the private sector. It is the largest network of agricultural research organisations in the world.
CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food and nutrition security for human
health, and improving natural resource systems andecosystem services.

The Global Program also engages with, and supports, a range of other organisations and
associations and manages these relationships to ensure they remain effective and jointly beneficial.
These include the African Union, the Asia–Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI),
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN), the Centre for Agricultural Biosciences International
(CABI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Group of 20 (G20)
Meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS), the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Bank and the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), among others.
In recent years, support for many of these bodies has grown.

ACIAR’s Global Program also manages new modalities of procurement, primarily through co-investment partnerships. Under co-investment modalities,
the design and management of the research is shared between donors. These partnerships signify strong trust and enable each partner to leverage
complementary research strengths and to invest in more ambitious research than either could achieve through working alone.

Global Programs General Manager: Mellissa Wood
Ph: 026217 0565    email: mellissa.wood@aciar.gov.au