'To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life'
That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.
The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes and Wageningen University. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach.
CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement) is a French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. CIRAD works with the whole range of developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture. CIRAD is a targeted research organization, and bases its operations on development needs, from field to laboratory and from a local to a global scale.
AGRINATURA is an alliance formed by 33 European universities and research organisations working in agricultural research, education, training and capacity strengthening for development. Its members are involved in a broad range of issues related to agricultural research and education for development contributing through their expertise and experience. AGRINATURA focuses on initiatives that open up new opportunities for farmers to enhance food security and improve the agro-food sector in general, whilst reducing the negative impact of agricultural activities on the environment.
NRI is an internationally renowned, independent multi-disciplinary centre that undertakes research, consultancy and training to support sustainable development, economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries. We are a specialised Institute of the University of Greenwich at its Medway Campus in Kent, England. The Institute currently has 75 scientific, academic and technical staff, working in a wide range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, assisted by about 10 managerial and administrative support staff. Each year NRI staff undertake more than 500 professional overseas assignments in over 80 countries, mainly in the developing world or in transition economies, as consultants, researchers, advisors or educators. NRI's associates provide additional expertise in a wide range of specialisms, working alongside our core staff on specific projects. NRI works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders in resource development and management, from international and national development agencies and governments to community based organisations and small-to-medium enterprises. NRI plays a significant role in capacity building in developing countries.