CIRAD has a staff of 1800, including 800 researchers. It has an operating budget of 203 millions euros. It comprises three scientifics departments and 37 research units. It also has 12 regional offices in metropolitan France, the French overseas regions and other countries.
CIRAD works with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture.
Agriculture is one of the key factors in the successful development of countries in the South. CIRAD fulfils its mandate of targeted research by using its expertise to work towards a specific objective: imagining an agriculture capable of feeding eight billion human beings by 2030, an agriculture that is fair and preserves the health and the environment of all. On a local and a global level, CIRAD drives science and agriculture forward for the benefit of all, in both North and South, in an increasingly interdependent world. Its mandate is warranted by the international situation: the importance of the main global issues for mankind (emerging diseases, biodiversity management, guaranteeing harvests, etc), the interdependence of the questions to be tackled by research for development, and the growing interest in agricultural issues as regards the development agenda.
From its regional offices, CIRAD conducts joint operations with more than 90 countries. It also has scientific platforms with a regional vocation in the French overseas regions. In metropolitan France, it provides the national and global scientific communities with extensive research and training facilities.