How CGIAR reformed itself and doubled its funding

Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. Under Rijsberman leadership, the consortium was able to double its annual funding from $500 million to $1 billion in 2013. Photo by: Neil Palmer / CIAT / CC BY-NC-SA

A month ago, the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers revealed that its annual funding doubled from $500 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013.

How did the organization do it? By deploying scientists on the ground to deliver development outcomes, CGIAR CEO Frank Rijsberman told Devex in an exclusive interview.

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    Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.