The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) leads action-oriented research for a food-secure future. Its research provides support for policies that help poor farmers, both men and women, improve their lives; produce nutritious and affordable foods; and protect the soil, water, and biodiversity in rural landscapes. Sound policies, robust institutions, and well-functioning markets complement new discoveries of agricultural science to create dynamic and resilient food systems. The combination of strong agricultural science and good policy is especially important in poor rural areas, where many people depend on farming for their livelihoods. Agricultural growth creates new jobs both on and off farms as rural economies diversify. Consumers benefit from more affordable food. Landscapes recover as farmers, fishers, herders, and forest dwellers adopt better management regimes and develop new institutions for collaborative governance.
Its research results and capacity development efforts contribute to poverty reduction, better nutrition and health, and good stewardship of natural resources. These are the three system level outcomes sought by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future.
PIM is a global program, with special emphasis on Africa south of the Sahara, Bangladesh, India, and selected countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
The program is carried out with funding support from governments and aid agencies, both through the CGIAR Fund and bilaterally.