CGIAR Mid Term Meeting, Montpellier, France, May 18-22,1987: Main Conclusions Reached and Decisions Taken
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Summary report of the Mid Term Meeting of the CGIAR, Montpellier, France, May 18-22, 1987. S. Shahid Husain announced that, having changed responsibilities in the World Bank, he would be replaced ad interim as CGIAR chairman by David Hopper. Two French cabinet ministers spoke. World Bank representative G. Edward Schuh presented a paper on the need to diversify out of rice production in Asia.TAC Chairman Camus reported on TAC 41, and presented, with others, the activities of the Task Force on Sub Saharan Africa. CBC and CDC chairmen also reported. The latter addressed the growth of restricted funding of centers. Abbas Kesseba of IFAD reported on an international consultation on strengthening national programs, with emphasis on devolving research and training in rice and wheat to strong NARS. The Executive Secretary, Curtis Farrar, presented a study of scientific collaboration between IARCs and European research institutions prepared by Rudi Binsack. Amir Muhammed presented a TAC paper on IARC collaboration with other research institutions.Farrar and TAC member McCalla led a discussion of the new resource allocation process, notably the introduction of center medium term plans covering funding for five years. McCalla also presented a paper on TAC's role in recommending and monitoring CGIAR priorities. Vernon Ruttan summarized his study of the process of external review of the centers. There was a consensus that reviews should shift toward strategic issues, and flexibility in timing. A TAC/CGIAR Secretariat paper on reviews would be considered at ICW 1987.The Group heard a report on the Special Program for African Agricultural Research from SPAAR Executive Secretary Roger Fauck. Discussion of future meetings focused on the relationship of ICW and mid-term meetings, and the scheduling of non-center gatherings around CGIAR sessions.Annexes: List of participants; addresses by Messrs. Aurillac, Valade and Husain.