IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement
The IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, http://www.ird.fr) is a government research organisation jointly administered by the French ministry responsible for Research and the Foreign Affairs ministry. The annual budget of the institute is about 230 M€ enabling it to employ 2208 people, including 829 scientists and 1040 engineers, technicians and administrative staff, 38 % working overseas. The IRD is organized into 60 research and service units that conduct research programs oriented toward the study of the relations between man and his environment. Most of the programs take place in Africa, in the Indian Ocean, in Latin America, in Asia and in the Pacific.