CGIAR Mid Term Meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia, May 20-24, 1996: Summary of Proceedings and Decisions
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Summary report of the mid-term meeting of the CGIAR held in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 20-24, 1996, chaired by Ismail Serageldin. President Suharto of Indonesia opened the meeting. Pakistan and Syria joined. The CGIAR agreed with a stakeholders group that TAC should become more strategic, and planned a system review to be overseen by a stakeholders committee. The Group endorsed reports from a preparatory meeting for the Global Forum, the NGO and private sector committees. TAC recommended priorities and strategies were broadly endorsed with increased emphasis on networking and training. Parallel sessions considered soil and water research, root and tuber crops, post harvest technology, policy and management research, institution strengthening research and service, complementarities between NARS and CGIAR priorities, and allocations to various CGIAR activities. The Group endorsed the 1997 research agenda and funding as presented by TAC. It urged continued participation in international negotiations on genetic resources, and asked IPGRI to form a policy unit.By switching complementary activities to core, and raising additional funds, the Group achieved full funding of the 1996 research agenda and triggered the full World Bank contribution. Financing arrangements were modified for the future, with 1997 as a transition year. The Group approved ICLARM's decision, opposed by TAC, to accept facilities at Abbassa offered by the Government of Egypt. It approved a guideline on the roles, responsibilities, and accountability of center boards. The Oversight Committee and the IAEG reported. The CGIAR asked its task force on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union to talk with states in that region and present a strategy for cooperation at ICW96. It reached consensus on a PARC proposal for a public awareness campaign.Annexes: agenda; lists of documents and participants, and Global Forum Preparatory Meeting agenda.