CGIAR Annual General Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, October 28-29, 2004 : Summary Record of Proceedings of the Business Meeting
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Summary record of the Business Meeting of the CGIAR annual general meeting held October 28-29, 2004 in Mexico City, Ian Johnson presiding. Main decisions include: Adoption of the CGIAR Charter, approval of the Generation CP beyond its inception phase, approval of the Sub Saharan Africa CP, in principle, for a 5-year period, subject to a successful assessment of its 18-month inception phase, to be initiated in the beginning of 2005, CGIAR endorsement of the IRRI EPMR including ExCo recommendation which reads: IRRI should expand its activities in SSA with the proviso that it work closely with WARDA, the leading rice research institution in SSA.This closer cooperation with WARDA should include work on upland rice in Africa. SC is also requested to establish an independent panel to study the situation of upland rice in Asia and IRRI’s potential contribution to solving researchable issues vis-à vis the potential contribution of NARS or other parts of the CGIAR system. On the Review of Partnership Committees: agreement to continue the PSC in a market testing mode for 2-4 years, as recommended by the Review, continuation and expansion of outreach activities already underway: innovation Marketplace, Farmers Dialogue, Farmers Exchange, including a CSO Forum in alternate years to precede the reformatted AGM and further strengthenening of GFAR-CGIAR linkages, specifically in relation to farmers and other CSOs.On ExCo: recommendation to abolish its two standing committees and appoint ad hoc groups when necessary was adopted. Finances: the 2005 financing plan was approved and will be adjusted to include the $ 2.33 million approved for SSA CP. Finally the members agreed to move the 2005 AGM to the first week of December. The 2005 meeting will take place in Morocco.