About CGIAR Ongoing Research

CGIAR Ongoing Research provides access to hundreds of research projects being carried out by the Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The interactive map brings together diverse project information that reflects the current work of CGIAR scientists. While Africa has been the initial focus , the Map continues to expand its geographical reach to cover other areas with a CGIAR research presence.

A collaborative effort between the CGIAR’s Collective Action in Eastern and Southern Africa and the ICT-KM Program, Ongoing Research seeks to make research information publicly accessible to all CGIAR staff and other users of agriculture information, thereby facilitating information sharing, promoting partnership opportunities and significantly reducing the cost of finding such information.

Mapping and finding agricultural research projects

CGIAR scientists contribute their project information to CGIAR Ongoing Research united by the common goal of increasing the impact of agricultural research. Contributors demonstrate collective action and rich collaboration linkages, while providing contacts to key players in the region and links to related information.

Thanks to these contributors, Ongoing Research offers unique information about the current work of CGIAR scientists.

Five key ways of using the Research Map

  • Map projects by research area, lead Center or time
    Build a map with projects in a given research area or led by a specific Center. Fine tune your search to cover a specific time period. Zero in on the projects in a specific country. Want to see all the mapped projects in a list? Click the ‘View as list’ option.
  • Find project details
    Informative yet compact factsheets provide you with the names of people involved in the various projects: principal investigator, scientists and partners. Related links to Medium Term Plans in CGMap and other online information enable you to learn more about the projects.
  • Want to know more? Click, search and interact
    Interested in more projects on a particular field or carried out by a specific scientist? Click on the linked words in the factsheet to search for similar information in the Ongoing Research projects. Interested in more details? Use the ‘Ask a question’ box on the project factsheet.
  • Reuse information
    Customize and build a map for your own website or application that reflects your selection and choice of information, simply by using the HTML code generated via the ‘Embed this Map’ option. Download and save in excel project factsheets for further analysis and review. The RSS feeds can be used to import and aggregate project information in Intranets, systems and websites.
  • Always stay updated
    Subscribe to the RSS feeds for your selected criteria and keep up to date with the latest research work.

Become a contributor

If you are a CGIAR scientist and want to

  • increase the visibility of your projects,
  • collaborate and network with colleagues for new project development,
  • share research information online with CGIAR colleagues and partners,
  • demonstrate collective action to current and potential donors

become a contributor! You will be given access to the Ongoing Research database, where you can enter and update your project information over time and invite colleagues to contribute too.

To get started, review the Frequently Asked Questions and send a message to the CGMap support team.


Collective Action would like to acknowledge the financial support from European Union and technical support of IFAD for the development of the CGIAR Ongoing Research Map between 2008 and 2010 and that of International Development Research Center for the development (IDRC) for the year 2007.