Technical Advisory Committee Seventh Meeting, 4-8 February 1974: Draft Report
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Report of the TAC meeting held in Rome from 4 to 8 February 1974, TAC Chairman Sir John Crawford presiding. TAC endorsed the recommendation of its working group on the Near East and North Africa to create a new IARC devoted to farming systems in the region, but not yet in its staff or site. John Bardach reported for the Working Group on Aquaculture; agreeing that a new center on aquaculture was not presently warranted, TAC established a subcommittee to identify critical research areas in fisheries and aquaculture which might be supported bilaterally or otherwise. TAC requested preparation for its next meeting of a detailed proposal for a research network based at CIAT for field beans in Latin America.TAC discussed strengthening national research capabilities, but decided to return to the issue later. It established a subcommittee consisting of Sir John (chair), Oram, Hopper and Ruttan to consider socioeconomic research beyond that directly relevant to programs of existing centers. TAC passed a resolution directed to the Preparatory Committee of the World Food Conference through the CGIAR urging attention to fertilizers, viewed as critical constraints to the adoption of new technologies. It also requested Swaminathan to prepare a paper on research needs related to fertilizer. Human nutrition was discussed at the instance of USAID and the World Bank. TAC expressed satisfaction with the attention IARCs were giving to this issue. TAC discussed its relationship with the Protein Advisory Group, and decided to convene a seminar in India later in 1974 on food legume research. TAC formally accepted the two roles proposed for it in the report of the CGIAR's sub-committee on review procedures: reviewing major program changes proposed by IARCs in their annual budgets, and organizing a periodic external assessment of each IARC. A number of additional topics were discussed. Agenda document for International Centers Week July-August 1974.