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Aquatic Agricultural Systems WorldFish More than 700 million people depend on aquatic agricultural systems for their livelihoods, but the difficulties they face mean that a third or more live on less than US $1.25 a day. Living in coastal zones and along river floodplains, these communities are not only poor, they are also vulnerable to multiple drivers of change, notably demographic trends, climate change, sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events.  
Integrated Agricultural Production Systems for the Poor and Vulnerable in Dry Areas ICARDA While agricultural research and achievements have helped countries improve the livelihoods of many smallholder farmers in dry areas over the past three decades, much more intense efforts are needed to get useful technologies into the hands of communities on a wider scale.  
CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics IITA The CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, referred to as Humidtropics, seeks to transform the lives of rural poor in the humid lowlands, moist savannas, and tropical highlands in tropical Americas, Asia, and Africa. Humidtropics provides a new integrated agricultural systems approach, a single research-for-development plan, and a unique partnerships platform for better impact on poverty and ecosystems integrity.  
Policies, institutions, and markets to strengthen food security and incomes for the rural poor IFPRI The program will establish how to overcome the challenges of high and still raising food prices and policies, institutions, and markets failures, further challenged by climate change and natural resource scarcity. Its goal is to use policies, institutions, and markets most effectively to reduce poverty, improve food security, and grow small producers’ incomes.
WHEAT- Global Alliance for Improving Food Security and the Livelihoods of the Resource-poor in the Developing World CIMMYT Led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (WHEAT) builds on the input, strength, and collaboration of public and private sector partners to catalyze and head an emergent, highly-distributed, virtual global wheat innovation network that will improve productivity and food security in wheat-based cropping areas of the developing world.  
MAIZE - Global Alliance for Improving Food Security and the Livelihoods of the Resource-poor in the Developing World CIMMYT MAIZE’s goal is to double the productivity of maize-based farming systems, making them more resilient and sustainable and significantly increasing farmers’ income and livelihood opportunities, without using more land and as climates change and fertilizer, water, and labor costs rise.
GRiSP - A global Rice Science Partnership IRRI GRiSP aims at discovering new rice genes and deciphering their functions to break the yield barrier in rice and to breed new generations of “climate-ready” rice with flooding tolerance and other traits essential for adapting production in the face of climate change in order to solve development challenges.
Roots, tubers and bananas for Food Security and Income CIP The Roots, tubers and bananas research program is devoted to achieving sustainable productivity increases for global food security. Strategies to reduce the risk of food shortages and malnutrition must include increased yields and stronger, more diversified crop systems. It aims to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops for improving nutrition and food security, as well as to increase income generation, foster greater gender equity, and improve livelihoods – especially among some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.
Grain Legumes for Health and Prosperity ICRISAT The principal goal of the Grain Legumes CGIAR Research Program is to establish an international alliance capable of executing a global research for development program that produces transformational impacts in the areas of nutrition, health, environment, and income generation for smallholder farmers and their families. Our vision of success is to directly match the increases projected to take place in maize, wheat and rice production by 2020 and systematically increase legume crop productivity potential on route to 2050. By attempting to match the productivity gains projected for cereal...
Dryland cereals: Food Security and Growth for the World’s Most Vulnerable Poor ICRISAT The goal is to achieve farm-level impacts, primarily through higher and more stable dryland crop productivity that will increase incomes and reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition, and help reduce adverse environmental impacts (especially in dryland crop/livestock systems).
More Meat, Milk, and Fish by and for the Poor Livestock and Fish ILRI This programs goal is to increase productivity of small‐scale livestock and fish systems  to increase availability and affordability of meat, milk and fish for poor consumers and to reduce poverty through greater participation by the poor along animal source food value chains.This will be achieved by making a small number of carefully selected animal source food value chains function better.
Agriculture for Nutrition and Health IFPRI The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Health and Nutrition is a research and development platform that will work to accelerate progress in improving the nutrition and health of poor people by shaping agriculture and food systems affecting those in marginal environments and those experiencing the impacts of agriculture intensification.
Water, Land and Ecosystems IWMI The overall goal of this CGIAR Research Program is to sustainably improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, redress gender inequities and ensure food security through research-based solutions to water scarcity, land degradation and ecosystems sustainability.
Forests and Trees: livelihoods, landscapes and governance CIFOR The program aims at enhancing the contribution of forests, agroforestry and trees to production and incomes of forest-dependent communities; conserving biodiversity; enhancing environmental services in multifunctional and dynamic landscapes; reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and augmenting carbon stocks; promoting the positive impacts and reducing the negative impacts of global trade and investment as drivers of landscape change affecting forestlands and local people.
Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CIAT This program aims at achieving sustainable food security by contributing to increasing the incomes and well-being of millions of poor people dependent on rural livelihoods, contributing to a reduction in hunger, and contributing to climate change mitigation by enhancing carbon storage and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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