The CGIAR and National Agricultural Research Systems
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A consultant study presented at TAC 76 by Hans Gregersen, after wide consultation, on relationships between CGIAR centers and national agricultural research systems (NARS). The latter were broadly defined to include not only national agricultural research institutes (NARIs), but also universities, NGOs, the private sector, extension agencies, and various farmers organizations. Gregersen pointed out that NARS differed greatly among themselves, as did the relationships among the various institutions within any country. He considered various relationships including but not limited to, partnerships.The report recommended that TAC further assess CGIAR-NARS collaborative research efforts, including appraisal of the various modalities of collaboration, assessment of the relative strengths of NARS and of the comparative advantage of centers, differing priorities between centers and NARS, and improvements of information flows. The role of regional organizations, and CGIAR systemwide activities should be considered. Gregersen urged preparation of a TAC strategy paper on promising avenues for strengthening relationships, taking account of changing research management and funding environments.