Legal Information

As of November 2019, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT was formed by a partnership agreement between two international organizations: Bioversity International – also operating as International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) – and CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical).

Although the Alliance operates as a one organization, with a unify operation (research and support offices), single Director General, and a common board of trustees as part of its governance structure, the partnership did not form a new legal entity because both institutions are international organization with their own host country agreements.

CIAT and Bioversity International are two independent legal entities, which legal status did not change due to the partnership agreement. Host Country Agreements permit the operation of the organizations in a determined country and regulate the conditions of such operation; therefore, from the legal standpoint, the two institutions are still independent entities with a unified governance structure and operation.