The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is a statutory authority that operates as part of the Australian Government's development cooperation programs.
The Centre commission research that ensures a more productive and sustainable agriculture through collaborative projects involving Australia and developing countries in five regions - Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, Mekong countries and China, South and West Asia, Africa.
ACIAR encourages Australia's agricultural scientists to use their skills for the benefit of Australia and its partner developing countries.
The Centre's main functions are:
- commission research into improving sustainable agricultural production in developing countries
- fund project related training
- communicate the results of funded research
- conduct and fund development activities related to research programs
- administer the Australian Government's contribution to the International Agricultural Research Centres
ACIAR produces a range of publications, including a range of scientific 'how-to' manuals, workshop proceedings, extension publications, technical reports, and monographs. Individual projects are reported on in the Final Reports series.