Borlaug Fellowship Program: Special Programs

Global Cocoa Initiative

The Borlaug Program’s Global Cocoa Initiative, coordinated with the World Cocoa Foundation, provides fellows with skills and knowledge to help their countries become more competitive in producing and exporting cocoa and cocoa products. Past research topics have included pest and disease prevention, regional cocoa production, and market access.

Global Research Alliance

The Global Research Alliance engages developing countries that are members of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases in research to more clearly understand and mitigate the ecological impacts of agriculture.


The Borlaug Program's CGIAR initiative supports fellows who are affiliated with one of the 15 research centers throughout the developing world that are part of the CGIAR research consortium. CGIAR, formerly the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, supports research dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. The CGIAR initiative seeks to build sustained relationships between the fellows' research centers and their U.S. mentors' home institutions.