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DeSIRA: Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture

The DeSIRA initiative aims to contribute to climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in low and middle-income countries


DeSIRA aims to put more science into development considering that the solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are context specific. It contributes primarily to the achievement of SDG 1 (No poverty)SDG 2 (Zero hunger)SDG 5 (Gender equality)SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth)SDG 13 (Climate action) and SDG 15 (Life on land).

DeSIRA aims to support research and innovation projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and strengthen research capacities and research governance involving key actors at national, regional, continental and global levels.

Desira includes 3 pillars


DeSIRA is supported by key political and institutional commitments (UNFCC CoP 21, One planet summit 2017, Ouagadougou declaration 2018) and is designed based on key consultations (European Member States, EU Delegations, CAADP, FAO, GFAR, IFAD, BMGF). DeSIRA is fully aligned with European policy on the Green Deal.

Key information

Launch date
2017 at the One Planet Summit

2019-2025 (first phase)

EU contribution
€335 000 000 (including GCCA+ contribution)

Funding instruments

Number of projects

Implementing organisations
European research organisations, international research organisations, regional and national research organisations, development agencies of Member States

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