FAO/IAEA Co-ordinated Research Projects

Over 500 research institutes in Member States are cooperating in over 30 coordinated research projects annually. Each project aims to solve specific, practical problems of agricultural significance to developing countries. Key features include:

  • CRPs bring together research institutes from both developing and developed countries, creating networks to focus on solutions for specific research challenges. Research is done within a well-defined global or regional thematic or problem focus.
  • CRPs are composed of 10 to 15 research contract holders from developing Member States, two to five agreement holders from developed Member States, and one to two technical contract holders that provide specific services to the CRP.
  • CRPs last for three to six years years and participants meet every 18 months to share information and plan the next phase of their research.
  • A large number of techniques, methods and protocols have been developed, evaluated and validated through CRPs.CRPs are composed of 10 to 15 research contract holders from developing Member States, two to five agreement holders from developed Member States, and one to two technical contract holders that provide specific services to the CRP.
  • Many young researchers obtain advanced training through participation in CRPs.
  • In general, 25 per cent of the chief scientific investigators are female, with efforts continuing to increase the participation of women researchers.

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