Conference on Strengthening National Agricultural Services, Bellagio, Italy, 19-21 March 1974 (Bellagio VI)
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Brief notes on the sixth session of the Bellagio Group, which met at the Villa Serbelloni to discuss the expanding demands placed by the world food situation on national agricultural research institutions in developing countries. The conference considered presentations from FAO, the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and leaders of the national research systems in Nigeria and Ecuador. Also presentations on links between the IARCs and the NARS and research institutions in industrial countries, and the activities of regional programs and IARCs in strengthening national research and training activities.It concluded that the demands, and the opportunities represented by new technologies and the emergence of a global information system, required that donors, recipient nations, international institutes, and others review together what was being done and planned to be done to strengthen national research systems. The notes include a list of direct and indirect actions that might be taken. As next steps, the meeting recommended a broad effort to collect information from donors on their agricultural research projects, and a conference of interested parties about a year in the future, to be organized by the Rockefeller Foundation. Agenda document at TAC's Eighth Meeting, July-August 1974.