International Outreach - Organizations

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Click here for information related to Grasslands, Rangelands and Forage Crops.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
ILRI is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ILRI works with partners worldwide to help poor people keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity and find profitable markets for their animal products. ILRI’s mission is to work at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development for poor livestock keepers and their communities. ILRI works in all tropical developing regions of Africa and Asia. ILRI is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
ICARDA is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through research and partnerships to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and income, while ensuring the efficient and more equitable use and conservation of natural resources. ICARDA’s global mandate includes the improvement of rangeland and small-ruminant production. In the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region, ICARDA contributes, among other things, to the improvement of pasture and forage legumes and associated farming systems. It also works on improved land management, diversification of production systems, and value-added crop and livestock products. Social, economic and policy research is an integral component of ICARDA's research to better target poverty and to enhance the uptake and maximize impact of the research outputs.

Sustainable Rural Development Information System (SRDIS)
SRDIS provides specialized, on-line library resources. The objective is to identify and organize those information resources most useful to resolving rural issues of global, national, and local importance. Relevant Internet sites, case studies, databases, maps, newsletters, and reports, are catalogued for precision search and retrieval. Current SRDIS foci include decentralization and local development, and natural resources management. Topical areas to be developed over time include: natural resources management, institutions, empowerment and governance, food security, as well as information access and communications.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD, with headquarters in Rome, Italy, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Working with rural poor people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing rural poor peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources. The topics covered in the Rural Poverty Knowledgebase, highlighting how experiences can be transformed into systematic and operations-oriented learning exercises include Livestock and rangeland.

 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO has established ten National Research Flagships including sustainable agriculture with the goal of achieving large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary science to address Australia's major national challenges and opportunities. They publish The Rangeland Journal. Under the Sustainable Rangelands and Savannas Program, CSIRO's broad research capacity working in the arid rangeland and tropical savanna regions of central and northern Australia is targeted at fostering sustainability of enterprises, communities and ecosystems. The Rangelands and Savannas Research Program focuses on research that incorporates economic, ecological and social factors and aims to contribute to better planning, use and management of rangeland and savanna systems.

Landcare International
The evolution of Landcare began in Australia in 1986 when landholder groups initiated community-based activities to protect and regenerate the country’s land resources. Since then, various government programs have been developed and implemented to support local actions. There are several definitions of landcare depending on context: (1) as a movement: Landcare is a movement of autonomous farmer-led organizations supported by local governments with backstopping from technical service providers that share knowledge about sustainable and profitable agriculture on sloping lands while conserving the environment and natural resources; (2) as an approach: Landcare is an extension approach/method that rapidly and inexpensively disseminates agroforestry practices among thousands of upland farmers based on the farmers’ innate interest in learning and sharing knowledge about new technologies that earn more money and conserve natural resources; (3) as a body of knowledge: Landcare is a set of appropriate land management practices about caring the land in an economic and productive way and (4) as an ethic, a philosophy: Landcare is an ethic, a philosophy that enables individuals and communities to approach agriculture in a mature and nurturing way.

 Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

 IDS, based in Brighton, UK, is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. Founded in 1966, IDS is committed to applying academic skills to real world challenges. Its purpose is to understand and explain the world, and to try to change it – to influence as well as to inform. IDS aims to challenge convention and to generate fresh ideas that foster new approaches to development policy and practice. Such problem-focused thinking requires a commitment to multidisciplinarity, not just within social sciences, but across research, teaching and communications. Livestock and Pastoralism is one of the areas of international development research for IDS.

Insight Share
The organization uses Participatory Videos as a tool for individuals and groups to grow in self-confidence and trust, and to build skills to act for change. The Participatory Video methods value local knowledge, build bridges between communities and decision-makers, and enable people to develop greater control over the decisions affecting their lives.

International Institute for Environment and Development
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) was launched in 1971 and focuses on sustainable development. Their mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. IIED works with some of the world's most vulnerable people in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them, from village councils to international conventions. They ensure that their research and advocacy is relevant to the needs of partners at the grassroots through close collaboration. At a time when swift change is the norm, IIED finds solutions to the shifting array of challenges by focusing on five big issues: Climate Change, Governance, Human Settlements, Natural Resources and Sustainable Markets.

 National Riparian Service Team
The National Riparian Service Team (NRST) is an organization under Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that leads the implementation of interagency efforts to accelerate cooperative riparian restoration and management, focusing primarily in the Western United States.  Under their leadership, a network comprised of teams and individuals with federal and state agency, non-government organization, university, and private affiliation, implement the Creeks and Communities Strategy at the state and regional scale. They address the technical dimensions of riparian issues while at the same time recognizing and addressing the social context within which these issues exist.  The result is more effective integration of technical information into collaborative problem solving. The NRST, in coordination with State Riparian Teams and Agency Coordinators, provide assistance with place-based problem solving, training, assessment, monitoring and grazing management relative to riparian-wetland resources.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate. The program is run by four regions, North CentralNortheastSouth and West. SARE's mission is to advance, to the whole of American agriculture, innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE has a national communications arm SARE Outreach that works with SARE's regions to share grantee research results with farmers, ranchers, educators, consumers and others.