We gratefully acknowledge the countries, organizations, partners and individuals that supported our agricultural research for development in 2020. We also thank all funders that supported this work through their contributions to the CGIAR System.

in thousands of U.S. dollars

Top funders
based on 2020 project execution

24,247 CGIAR Research Programs and Platforms (see Note 1)
19,071 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States
14,512 United States Agency for International Development, United States
7,920 Mexican Government Contributions, Mexico (see Note 2)
2,216 Cornell University, United States (see Note 3)
1,207 Walmart Foundation, United States
1,130 HarvestPlus (see Note 4)
699 Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia
950 Global Crop Diversity Trust, Germany
854 Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, India

Amounts exclude deferred depreciation.

Note 1: Includes contributions from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Global Crop Diversity Trust, India, Japan, Germany, Republic of Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the United States Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.
Note 2: Includes federal and local state contributions.
Note 3: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office as back funders
Note 4: Includes contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), the European Commission, the United Kingdom, the United States Government’s Feed the Future initiative, and is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Other funders in 2020

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)
Agrovegetal, S.A.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Bayer de Mexico, S. A. de C. V.
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CAB International)
Centro Bartolomé de las Casas (CBC)
Centro de Estudios Regionales Andinos
Cervezas Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Comisión de Recursos Naturales y Desarrollo Rural (CORENADR)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA)
Corporativo Bimbo, S.A. de C.V.
The Development Fund
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
Euroconsult Mott MacDonald
Fomento Social Banamex, A.C.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
Grupo Maseca
Henan Agriculture University (HAU)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales Agrícolas y Pecuarias, Mexico (INIFAP)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Kansas State University
Kellogg Company México (Kellogg’s)
Koch Agronomic Services
Kobe University
Lancaster University
Michigan State University (MSU)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
National Institute of Agricultural Botany, United Kingdom (NIAB)
Nestlé México S.A. de C.V.
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO)
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Purdue University
Queen Mary University of London
Rothamsted Research
Soil Health Institute (SHI)
Somali Agriculture Technical Group (SATG)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture
Thailand’s Department of Agriculture
Tufts University
Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
United Kingdom’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
United Kingdom’s Met Office
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
University of California
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Florida
University of Nottingham
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Texas
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Wageningen University

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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Asian Development Bank
Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
Bioactive food components
Borlaug Institute in South Asia
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
CIMMYT Maize Genetic Resource Lines
Carbon dioxide equivalent
Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia
Crops to End Hunger
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform
Executive Management Team
European Union
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
Farm Power and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom
Fusarium head blight
Innovative Applications in Analytics Award
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas
International Food Policy Research Institute
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
International Rice Research Institute
Integrated Tribal Development Agency
Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization
Key performance indicators
CGIAR Research Program on Maize
Nitrous oxide
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
National Agricultural Research Systems
Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society
Punjab Agricultural University
Program for Growth and Resilience
Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (Secretaría de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural)
Sustainable Development Goals
Seeds of Discovery
Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa
Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund
United Nations
United Nations Development Programme
United States Agency for International Development
United Nations World Food Programme
CGIAR Research Program on Wheat
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