Technical Advisory Committee Seventy-Fourth Meeting, 23-27 March 1998: Report of the Meeting
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Report of TAC 74, held at ICRISAT in Patancheru, India, March 23-27, 1998, Don Winkelmann presiding. (Marked draft and approved without change.) TAC discussed the external program and management reviews of CIMMYT, IFPRI, and IRRI. In all cases, it endorsed the panel recommendations and forwarded each review with a commentary (included in the meeting report) to the CGIAR. It also commented on ICRISAT's report on progress in implementing the recommendations of the fourth EPMR. The Committee was informed of progress on the external review of the Systemwide Genetic Resources Program (SGRP), and the study on marginal lands. It discussed possible refinements of the external review process, concentrating on the role of external reviews commissioned by the centers themselves.TAC reviewed center medium term plans (MTPs) for the period 1999 to 2001, concentrating on changes in 1999, and proposals for the end of the period. A center by center commentary appears in the report. The Committee discussed the report of a workshop on the CGIAR logframe and activity classification held in Feldafing in February. A final proposal would be discussed at TAC 75. TAC endorsed the recommendations of the CGIAR panels on Proprietary Science and Technology, and General Issues in Biotechnology, and prepared commentaries for the CGIAR on each, included in the report. It suggested that a nine center proposal presented by ICARDA for work in Central Asia needed to be more integrated. TAC agreed on criteria for the 1998 King Baudouin Award.