CSIRO has worked on strategic research projects in the Philippines for many decades, including across agriculture, biosecurity, and broader research impact frameworks.

Many of our partnerships in the Philippines contribute to progress against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Assessing research impact

CSIRO is partnering with the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), the Visayas State University (VSU), the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to develop an integrated ex‐post framework for identifying, recording and analysing impacts flowing from research projects in research for development.

The catalyst for this project is growing recognition that existing economic impact assessment frameworks are limited in terms of expressing the complex and diverse impacts relating to social, environmental and institutional impacts that also arise from research for development projects. The draft framework will be tested and refined through application to several projects in the Philippines, including the ACIAR‐funded landcare program.

Agricultural planning

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and CSIRO co‐funded a large project in the Philippines, titled "Watershed evaluation for sustainable use of sloping agricultural land and in the southern Philippines". The project was established to help improve planning of agricultural development in upland watersheds in the southern Philippines, such that agricultural production can be increased and watersheds can be protected – precursors to reducing rural poverty and improving livelihoods.

Nine organisations were involved in the project which started in January 2011 and finished in July 2017. In‐country project partners included: Bohol State Island University, Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCOT), Landcare Foundation of the Philippines Inc and other local government units within the Cabulig River and Inabanga‐Wahig Watersheds.


In 2016, CSIRO worked with the Philippines government, with funding from the Australian government, to develop a handbook on designing resilient structures. The project is aligned with the rebuilding efforts after Super Typhoon Yolanda, and helps national and local governments in the Philippines to build structures that will better withstand extreme events and climate change.

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