Intergovernmental Organizations



International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA works closely with national agricultural research systems and government ministries. Over the years the Center has built a network of strong partnerships with national, regional and international institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations and ministries in the developing world and in industrialized countries with advanced research institutes.

ICARDA leads the CGIAR Global Research Program on Dryland Systems.

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. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people.




UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.



The IAEA is the world´s center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world´s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

The Organization Mission:To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Arab League, informal name of the League of Arab States, a voluntary association of independent countries whose peoples are mainly Arabic speaking. Its stated purposes are to strengthen ties among the member states, coordinate their policies, and promote their common interests.

The Arab League was founded in Cairo in 1945 by Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Transjordan (Jordan, as of 1950), and Yemen.

The Members of the Arab League Are:Algeria-Egypt-Lebanon-Oman-Somalia-United Arab Emirates-Bahrain-Iraq-Libya-Palestine-Sudan-Yemen-Comoros-Jordan-Mauritania-Qatar-Syria-Syria-Kuwait-Morocco-Saudi Arabia-Tunisia

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The Conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. The conference resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries". One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production, but structural problems relating to poverty and to the fact that the majority of the developing world's poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.
Organizations for international cooperation  

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:

·          economic growth, agriculture and trade;

·          global health; and,

·          democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Sida's Unit for Research Cooperation (FORSK) is part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. FORSK has the overall responsibility for the implementation of the Policy and Strategy for Research Cooperation 2010-2014 and reports to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.



GTZ works for the German Federal government and other clients, public or private sector, national or international, such as the EU, World Bank or UN organisations, and for private sector companies.  Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

With a total turnover of 1,447,0 million euro in 2009, some 1.141,3 million euro came from projects and programmes for public clients, such as the BMZ and other Federal Ministries. Some 78,9 percent of GTZ turnover is under contracts from the German Federal Government. GTZ made 21,1 percent  (305,7 million euro) in 2009 from contracts from other clients and financing institutions, mostly international, and from private sector companies.



The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is advancing its activities around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed


The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) is an organisation inside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Reduction of poverty is a primary goal for DANIDA; other priorities include empowerment of women, environmental conservation, development of democracy and protection of human rights. DANIDA has programmes and projects running in twenty one different countries, many of them being carried out in conjunction with a partner. DANIDA also supports other projects by funding other NGOs.


The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).