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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Research for Development Portal

The R4D portal helps to overcome the problem of hard-won information failing to reach the people who need it. DFID funds a wide variety of research projects designed to fight extreme poverty. Examples range from research aiming to develop sustainable farming techniques and help people cope with climate change, to projects that improve policies and communications or find new cures for killer diseases. But, for this work to have the widest possible impact, the results of these projects must be easily available and quick to access.

Research4Development is a free to access on-line database containing information about the research programmes supported by DFID. The portal provides users with news, case studies and details of current and past research.

Users can search the information on the site in many different ways – using key words, free text and subject categories, for example. This means that different users can quickly find the information they need on the subjects that interest them. In fact, the site acts as a one-stop shop for cutting-edge research on all aspects of development and provides a wealth of new knowledge, technologies and new ways of thinking.

Importantly, the site is not a static resource. Busy users can ask the R4D database to automatically email them specific updates. So if you need to keep up with the latest developments on projects in sustainable agriculture in India, or malaria in West Africa, R4D will let you know as and when they become available.

The R4D website now receives close to 75,000 visits per month. And, as CABI and partners continue to expand the amount of information available through the portal, these numbers are expected to grow rapidly over the coming few years.

CIMRC is a CABI-led consortium which developed and continues to manage the Research4Development portal for DFID. CIMRC stands for 'Communication & Information Management Resource Centre'. 

At CIMRC we are experts in developing and managing technology that helps people access and use the infomation they need. By developing classification systems and other information management tools we organise data and information. We also have expertise in developing multimedia tools and creating and maintaining websites and databases.

We put the results from research projects into practice to help developing nations. Our speciality is in applied biological sciences.

We also have experience in using training in both information and the biological sciences to help build capacity in developing nations.

The consortium

The CIMRC consortium members are CABI, CommsConsult, IFPRI and Euforic Services. 

CABI have a pre-eminent name in information science and knowledge sharing based on the development of their specialization in information provision over the past 80 years. CABI provides state-of-the art expertise in knowledge generation, management and communication and in procedures to re-purpose information so that it can be effectively utilized by the target beneficiaries.


CommsConsult provides advice and training in communications strategy design and implementation. It specializes in helping clients to identify their communications and advocacy goals, and to build capacity and forge partnerships in order to achieve them.

Euforic Services

Euforic Services supports development organisations to communicate, collaborate, share knowledge and manage information using internet and web 2.0 tools.
We are continuing and developing the work of the Euforic Cooperative, learning from its 14 years of original, high quality programming and bringing together many of the original staff and associates.