A Food Secure World For All: Toward a New Vision and Strategy for the CGIAR
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TAC Chair Emil Javier considered this document to be the final draft of a TAC paper proposing a new vision and strategy for the CGIAR. An earlier draft, not in the collection, was discussed with stakeholders at TAC 78, revised and considered at a Consultative Council meeting in April 2000. It was then further revised and supplemented by a clarifying addendum on strategic choices. This paper and the addendum were presented and approved at MTM 2000, and were subsequently combined in a document with the same name dated October 2000.The paper recommended that the CGIAR mission be achievement of sustainable food security and poverty reduction in the developing countries, and proposed a strategy of six elements which came to be called planks:1. focusing sharply on the reduction of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition;2. bringing modern science to bear on productivity and institutional problems;3. giving highest priority to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa;4. adopting a regional approach to research planning;5. diversifying and closely integrating partnerships; and6. in certain circumstances, adopting a taskforce approach to CGIAR workIn the process of discussion, the catalytic role of the CGIAR was added as a seventh plankIn his presentation to MTM 2000, Javier called attention to aspects with strategic implications: the focus on poverty reduction at the regional level; adoption of modern research tools to complement or replace traditional tools; closer articulation with partners in regions with high concentrations of poverty; increasing NARS capability to share responsibilities; and augmenting CGIAR capacity to respond to changing environments.