The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
ACIAR is an Australian statutory authority, accountable to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
ACIAR’s mission is to achieve more productive and sustainable agricultural systems, for the benefit of developing countries and Australia, through international agricultural research partnerships.
By harnessing Australia’s agricultural innovation system and working in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world ACIAR aims to build healthier, more equitable and prosperous societies. ACIAR targets economic growth in the agriculture sector because it is well accepted that growth in this sector is more effective at reducing poverty than growth in any other sector of the economy.
The Australian Government’s policy on development assistance underpins ACIAR’s research agenda.
ACIAR’s research programs
ACIAR’s programs are designed to tackle priority areas in livestock and fisheries; crops; natural resource management and economics & social sciences including:
- Increasing food and nutrition security by working with the private sector
- Raising crop, livestock, forestry and fisheries productivity
- Managing the challenges to agriculture from a changing climate
- Improving smallholder and community livelihoods
- Strengthening animal and plant biosecurity
- Ensuring gender equity
- Building individual and institutional capacity
Pacific Island Countries
ACIAR’s research program operates across eight countries in the Pacific region: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. It is recognised that the Pacific countries have particular research and adoption challenges related to the size of the country, institutional and other capacities, and remoteness from markets. ACIAR’s regional program, and the constituent project portfolio, are designed to address these limiting factors, including a strong emphasis on capacity building and adoption pathways. Regional research programs and projects are implemented in collaboration with regional agencies, including SPC and the University of the South Pacific; CGIAR Centres such as the World Fish Centre; the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC); and bilateral research and extension agencies.