Technical Advisory Committee Thirty-Third Meeting, 12-19 March 1984: Report of the Meeting
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Report of the 33rd meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, held in Rome, March 12-19, 1984, Professor Guy Camus presiding. Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion of strategic issues, specifically: priorities for the System; farming systems research; and sharing of responsibilities among IARCs. Dr. Bommer, on behalf of FAO, made a detailed presentation of FAO Conference action with respect to the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources. TAC decided to discuss the matter with center directors at TAC 34, analyze the implications of the implementation of the Undertaking so as to submit recommendations to the CGIAR in November, and if necessary examine the implications further during the IBPGR review in January 1985.TAC recognized that WARDA faced serious problems, as outlined in the external program and management reviews. It recommended continued CGIAR support provided steps were taken to implement the recommendations of the reviews. A monitoring process involving both TAC and the CGIAR Secretariat was established. TAC welcomed progress on CIMMYT-IITA discussions concerning maize responsibilities in Africa and urged their continuation. The Committee commended CIMMYT for its plan to provide resources for long term storage of maize germplasm, in response to a recommendation of the quinquennial review. Discussion of rice responsibilities in Africa would continue at TAC 34. Progress reports were presented on the impact study, the budget study, the training study and future external reviews.