Conference of Heads of Assistance Agencies, Bellagio, Italy, April 8-9, 1970, (Bellagio III)
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Notes prepared by Sterling Wortman of the Rockefeller Foundation on a conference of heads of assistance agencies held April 8-9, 1970 at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy. The agenda was the recommendations from a conference of agricultural experts (Bellagio II) in February 1970.In the discussion on funding, USAID agreed to cover the $225,000 deficit of the four existing centers for 1970. It was agreed that the World Bank should move forward with the formation of a consortium, if the Bank's Governors approved, and that an informal meeting should be held in early December to consider funding, and the formation of additional centers.Four centers were discussed: water management, parasitic diseases of animals, dryland farming, and agricultural management and policy. The meeting also considered food legumes, which would be allocated among various institutions. New papers would be prepared on all five subjects by December. The agenda for December would also include the organization and operation of the consortium.Mr. McNamara, President of the World Bank, estimated that annual costs would rise to the order of $44 million per year by 1975, including capital costs of $10 million for one new center per year. Various participants stressed the importance of the foundations taking the lead on planning, organizing, and arranging for continued good management of the institutes. The foundations would discuss how to handle these responsibilities in late April.The paper lists individual comments by various participants during the meeting. Agencies represented were three foundations: Ford, Rockefeller and IDRC; six multilateral organizations: the Economic Commission for Africa, FAO, the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, UNDP, and the World Bank; and four bilateral agencies: CIDA, SIDA, the UK Ministry of Overseas Development, and USAID.