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ACIAR - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Our core business is brokering and funding research partnerships between Australian scientists and their counterparts in developing countries. In doing so, we typically invest in:

  • research projects enabling both individual researchers and institutions to learn by doing
  • extension and communication activities to share research findings widely
  • improving uptake through communicating technical information in practical ways
  • applied training for developing-country farmers and researchers
  • building capability in research, policy analysis and formulation in partner countries.

ACIAR was established in 1982 via the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Act (ACIAR Act), described at the time as ‘An Act to encourage research for the purpose of identifying, or finding solutions, to, agricultural problems of developing countries’. It was updated by the ACIAR Amendment Act 2007 as part of the Government’s response to the Review of Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Officeholders (Uhrig report).