Public debate on research priorities
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CTA. 2001. Public debate on research priorities. Spore 91. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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electronic conference held from 8 to 19 January 2001 by the NGO committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres
How can agricultural researchers and civil society be more open towards each other, and how can the small farmer and the poor be listened to and heard? These issues were raised in a lively electronic conference held from 8 to 19 January 2001 by the NGO committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres. Such conferences are exchanges of email where, with help from moderators, participants comment on each others remarks. The empassioned and informed debate should reassure the CGIAR that it is right and safe to reach out to an interested world. But even the few hundred participants worldwide could only confirm the diversity of civil society and agree on broad statements: 'Let us not be like the World Bank with its vision of poverty reduction which has become an all-encompassing mantra without a focus. The CGIAR should understand the cause of poverty, and focus on agriculture.' Isn t that where it should have started? Website: www.rimisp.cl/ngoc