Technical Advisory Committee Twenty-Third Meeting, 19-26 February 1980: Draft Report
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Draft report of the 23rd Meeting of TAC, Rome, 19-26 February 1980, TAC Chairman Ralph Cummings presiding. TAC discussed possible changes in its role and procedures to accommodate its increased and burdensome workload. It sought to reduce its responsibility for detailed examination and adjustment of center p&bs, but proposed procedural improvements rather than major changes in responsibilities. TAC decided to keep the possibility of using alternative means to implement CGIAR programs on its agenda, and recommended shifting increased responsibility from centers to NARS. TAC asked its secretariat to explore the possibility of coordinating existing research on vegetables through a council like the IBPGR.The draft report of the IBPGR quinquennial review was favorably received. The TAC Chairman agreed to arrange a consultation with the IBPGR Chair and others on the need to separate oversight from operational functions, prior to consideration of the final report at TAC 24. At the point of starting a second round of quinquennial reviews, TAC requested centers to report on actions taken in response to the first round.The Committee decided not to send a general paper on factor oriented research to the CGIAR. It asked for a consultant analysis of issues related to plant nutrition for consideration at TAC 25. TAC endorsed the proposal of its Subcommittee on Water Management Research for a new IARC devoted to that issue. It dispatched a mission to consider ICIPE's application for CGIAR sponsorship.TAC agreed with its Subcommittee on Upland Rice that some rice breeding resources should be transferred from West Africa (IITA) to Latin America (CIAT). After considering the response of ILCA's Board to the report of its Second Mission to ILCA, TAC reiterated that training and cooperation with African NARS required greater emphasis as compared to monitoring. Aquaculture and reviews of off campus activities and ILRAD were also considered.