CIRAD is specialised in development-oriented agricultural research for tropical, sub-tropical regions. CIRAD has a mandate to contribute to rural development in tropical and subtropical countries through research, experimentation, training operations in France and overseas, and scientific and technical information, primarily in the fields of agriculture, veterinary, forestry and agrifoods. This mandate has broadened to include environmental issues and natural resource management, and also involves CIRAD in drawing up public development aid policy. CIRAD has a budget of 200 million euros and a staff of 1 820 agents, including 1 050 senior staff members working in more than 50 countries worldwide. CIRAD is organised in three research departments (The Performance of Tropical Production and Processing Systems Department; The Biological Systems Department; The Environments and Societies Department) and is organised in 60 research units. CIRAD operates through its own research centres and collaborates with national agricultural research systems, universities and international centres, private firms, producer groups, smallholder professional organisations, agroindustrial firms and nongovernmental organisations. CIRAD is member of ECART (European Consortium for Agricultural Research in the Tropics).
CIRAD has 52 researchers permanently assigned in the ASEAN-countries and two regional offices in Hanoi for continental Southeast Asia and Jakarta for Southeast Asian island. Research topics addressed by CIRAD and its partners focus on management of water resources, animal health & emerging animal disease, food quality and security, certification of food products, agricultural waste management, biotechnology, natural resources management, agro-ecology and agro-forestry, aquaculture, pest integrated management and control, support of family agriculture, public policy economics, Sustainable cropping systems, peri-urban farming and distribution chains.