Second External Program Review of ILCA, 1986
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Report of the external program review (EPR) of ILCA, conducted in 1986 concurrently with the EMR. The panel was chaired by Carl Thomsen. The document includes a summary of the CGIAR discussion of the EPR in October 1987, a transmittal from the panel chair, two from the TAC chair, one with an interim commentary (1986), and the second with the final commentary (1987), and the response of ILCA's board and management.The review panel charted ILCA's progress in acting on the recommendations of the generally critical 1982 quinquennial review, and found this progress found to be substantial, but not complete. The panel encouraged ILCA to continued with its farming systems approach, although the collaborating national research systems had not yet adopted this approach. This aspect of ILCA's work was concentrated in five zonal programs, which worked quite independently. ILCA faced the difficult issues of promoting mutual reinforcement among the zonal programs, located in different agroclimatic areas, and determining the proper balance between central research on common problems and the zonal farming systems work.The panel stressed the importance of ILCA keeping longer term perspectives in mind,. Faced with a broad mandate, and pressure from African governments to respond to their interests, the panel recommended greater focus in the research, and to that end the preparation of a long term strategy as a basis for setting priorities. The report contained a detailed appraisal of various ILCA programs and supporting services, and recommendations concerning them.This review was considered, with the EMR, at TAC 40 in July 1986 and at the CGIAR in November 1986 and, after ILCA had prepared the required strategy document, at TAC 43 in June 1987 and the CGIAR meeting of October 1987.