Second External Program Review of CIAT, 1984
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Report of the 1984 external program review (EPR) of CIAT, by a panel chaired by Fred Hutchinson. It was discussed, together with the concurrent external management review (EMR), at TAC 34 in June 1984, and at the CGIAR meeting in November 1984. The document includes the summary of the CGIAR discussion of the EPR, letters from Hutchinson to TAC Chairman Guy Camus, and from Camus to the CGIAR Chairman transmitting the EPR, CIAT's response to the EPR, and TAC's commentary on both reviews.The review noted the evolution of CIAT's mandate from a disciplinary to a commodity-based, interdisciplinary orientation with programs reduced to three commodities (rice, beans, and cassava), and tropical pastures. High levels of impact were noted, particularly in rice. The innovative Seed Unit was found to be an effective vehicle for technical assistance in Latin America on seed production and distribution. TAC would examine whether it belonged in core.TAC and the panel welcomed a recent agreement between CIAT and IITA on responsibilities for cassava, and CIAT's plan to study future demand for that crop, in collaboration with IFPRI. Other changes supported by the review were extension of bean research to Africa, and transfer of focus from lowland to upland rice. TAC also found that CIAT had reached a good balance between strategic and applied research.