PIM's six areas of emphasis (flagships) include:

Flagship 1: Technological Innovation and Sustainable Intensification

Foresight modeling for climate change, new technologies, and shifts in demand. Policy options, investment, and regulatory reform to support agricultural innovation.  New approaches to meeting farmers’ needs for information.

Flagship 2: Economywide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation

Policy options to promote inclusive rural growth and transformation. Agriculture as a source of jobs as well as food. Public investments for vibrant rural areas. The political economy of agricultural policy reforms.

Flagship 3: Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains

Making food markets work for the poor. Measuring and reducing food losses. Understanding trade as a contributor to food security. Does certification serve sustainability? Does it crowd in or crowd out smallholders? Innovations in insurance that work for poor farmers.

Flagship 4: Social Protection for Agriculture and Resilience

Cash, food, or vouchers—which and when? Programs that deliver more security and better nutrition at lower cost. Linking social protection and agricultural development. What does it mean to graduate? What works in fragile and conflict-affected setting?

Flagship 5: Governance of Natural Resources

Strengthening tenure over land, water, trees, and other natural resources for the poor, particularly women. Facilitating shared use of resources within landscapes. Governance of natural resources for sustainability and harmony.

Flagship 6: Cross-cutting Gender Research and Coordination

Gender dimensions of agricultural growth and rural transformation.  Women’s empowerment: measurement, why it matters, and how to foster it. Gender equality in decision making, control of assets, and benefits. CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research.

Each of the main research topics ('flagships') includes several subtopics ('clusters') and aims to achieve specific goals that in turn will contribute to the strategic goals of CGIAR as a whole. Check PIM Flagship and Cluster leaders page and PIM Impact Pathway and Theory of Change to learn more.

See also: Quarterly updates from PIM research flagships