TAC Quinquennial Review of IITA, 1978
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Final report of the quinquennial review of IITA, as transmitted to the Chairman of TAC by Review Panel Chair Guy Camus. Like the other external reviews of this period, it discusses IITA's mandate, which it found to be more broad and complex than mandates of most IARCs, and the center's approach to implementation of that mandate. It then covers the center's four programs, which are:Farming systems in the humid and subhumid tropics of Africa;Tuber and root improvement (cassava, yams, and sweet potato);Grain legume improvement (cowpea, soybean, lima bean, pigeon pea and other legumes); andCereal improvement (maize and rice).The report also discusses research support (including germplasm and virology) conferences and training, documentation and information, organization and management, and cooperative programs. There are a number of recommendations under each heading discussed. Two notable recommendations are greater caution about being drawn into research and management roles in national programs, and consolidation and concentration of activities.The report was discussed at TAC 18 and TAC 19 in February and June 1978 respectively, and in connection with the IITA presentation at International Centers Week in November 1978.