The CCRP has a portfolio of cross-cutting grants, as well as a set of cross-cutting themes that address topics of interest across the program.  Cross-cutting grants are described below, while cross-cutting themes, described to the right, are supported by thematic groups as well as discussions and meetings carried out at the program and regional levels.

Cross-cutting grants support all three CCRP regions and/or address key program themes. The CCRP portfolio contains three types of cross-cutting grants. One group of grants provides project support to project grantees in multiple regions. These include grants made for research methods support (RMS), leadership development in West Africa and in East & Southern Africa, and soil health. Another category covers cutting-edge innovation, such as projects aimed at the creation of data systems and apps. A third type supports networking and collective action in global agricultural policy and practice.  This type includes grants supporting the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and the AgroEcology Fund, as well as the Agroecology Knowledge Hub of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).




Agricultural biodiversity contributes to productivity, resilience and diets. Over the past decade, CCRP-funded teams have conducted research across the value chains of diverse crops….read more here

Building the resiliency of smallholder agriculture in the era of climate change

Global Environmental Change (GEC), including and largely driven by climate change, is threatening many aspects of life on earth. Agriculture has been among the first sectors to feel the devastating effects of GEC, and smallholder farmers are among the hardest hit…read more here

Soil health

The basis of agricultural productivity, soil health is essential for healthy diets and thus for human health. Organic matter is the engine of soil health, so it is critical to planetary health through carbon sequestration and ecosystem services  …read more here

Ecological pest management

Smallholder farmers face substantial challenges from the diverse insects and pathogens that attack their crops and the weeds that compete with or feed on them…read more here

Grants & Partnerships

All Cross-Cutting Grants & Partnerships
  • Soils, Cross-Cutting


  • Large-N Trials


  • Soils – Cross-Cutting


By the Numbers

0.4 Percent

An annual growth rate of 0.4 percent in the soil carbon stocks, in the first 30–40 cm of soil, would significantly reduce the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.

28 Foundations

Along with 28 other philanthropic foundations, the McKnight Foundation, through the CCRP, is part of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.

24 Projects

The cross-cutting portfolio’s 24 projects contribute to global dialogues relating to AEI and global food security.


All Cross-Cutting Resources
  • Agroecology Knowledge Hub (AKH)


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  • Program Theory of Change


  • AKH Guidelines for Agroecology Profiles


  • Kit de herramientas de salud



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