We gratefully acknowledge the countries, organizations, partners and individuals that supported our agricultural research for development in 2021. We also thank all funders that supported this work through their contributions to CGIAR.

in thousands of U.S. dollars

Top funders
based on 2021 research execution

40,249 CGIAR Research Programs and Platforms (see Note 1)
23,026 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
18,119 United States Agency for International Development
5,122 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
4,753 Mexican Government Contributions (see Note 2)
1,723 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
1,199 Walmart Foundation
1,095 World Food Programme (WFP)
888 Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India
780 Global Crop Diversity Trust

Amounts exclude deferred depreciation.

Note 1: Australia, Belgium, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, France, Germany, Global Crop Diversity Trust, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom (FCDO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Bank.
Note 2: Includes federal and local state contributions. Out of the 2021 fund contribution committed by the Government of Mexico, as of August 2022, $4.3 million is pending disbursement.

Other funders in 2021

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
ARVALIS – Institut du végétal
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Bayer de México, S.A. de C. V.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), United Kingdom
Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA)
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)
Cervezas Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Context Global Development (CGD)
Corporativo Bimbo, S.A. de C.V.
Development Fund, Norway
Digital Green Foundation
Driscoll’s Operaciones, S.A. de C.V.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Grupo Maseca
Grupo Trimex, PepsiCo
Henan Agriculture University
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
International Potato Center (CIP)
Kansas State University (KSU)
Kellogg Company Mexico
Kobe University
Koch Agronomic Services
Lancaster University
Met Office, United Kingdom
Michigan State University (MSU)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Turkey
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan
National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), United Kingdom
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)
Nestlé México, S.A. de C.V.
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Purdue University
Queen Mary University of London Rezatec
Rothamsted Research Limited
Secretaría de Desarrollo Agroalimentario y Rural del Estado de Guanajuato (SDAyR), Mexico
Stichting Wageningen Research
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Syngenta Crop Protection AG (Syngenta)
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Thailand’s Department of Agriculture
Toroto, S.A.P.I de C.V.
Tufts University
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
University of Adelaide
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Nottingham
University of Sydney

More details can be found in CIMMYT’s Annual Financial Statements.

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We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund.

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Agricultural Cooperative Development International/ Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance
Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat project
Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate initiative
Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa project
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom
Borlaug Institute for South Asia
Biological nitrification inhibition
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
(Formerly the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research)
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical)
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo)
Coronavirus Disease 2019
Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia
DeoxyriboNucleic Acid
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH)
Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia project
Integrated Agri-Food System Initiative methodology
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas
International Development Research Centre
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Kazakhstan
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
International Rice Research Institute
International Wheat Improvement Network
International Winter Wheat Improvement Program
Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition activity
Linked Topcross Population
CGIAR Research Program on Maize
Nitrous oxide
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index
National Maize Research Program, Nepal
Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Secretaría de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural)
Sodium dodecyl sulfate
University of Agriculture Sciences, Raichur
United Nations
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
United States Agency for International Development
CGIAR Research Program on Wheat
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