Second External Programme and Management Review of ICRAF, 1998
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Report of the second external program and management review (EPMR) of ICRAF, conducted between April and July 1998 by a panel chaired by Jochen Heuveldop. The document contains an extract from the report of the CGIAR meeting of October 1998, a letter of transmittal from the TAC Chairman and the Executive Secretary of the CGIAR, TAC's comments, ICRAF's response, and a transmittal from the panel chair.The panel found that ICRAF had succeeded in the ten years since its entry to the CGIAR in building itself into a full fledged IARC. Both TAC and the panel urged ICRAF to review and update its strategic plan, and make such plans for each of its programs and regional offices, to ensure that the planned decentralization would result in a cohesive vision and program. Both also recommended increased research on vegetative propagation and post harvest technology, but the CGIAR was unable to reach consensus on this point. TAC recommended that ICRAF pay attention to defining its impact assessment strategy.ICRAF was praised for the range and quality of its partnerships, with recommendations for strengthening this critical element of its role in integrated natural resources management. Steps to establish a continuum of effort between research and development should not obscure the need to focus on producing international public goods. TAC expressed some concern about the panel analysis of the quality of science, and urged ICRAF to strengthen its sociological and economics research. The board should strengthen its program oversight, and commission external reviews for this purpose. TAC recommended that CIFOR and ICRAF undertake a joint strategic planning exercise.Agenda document at TAC 75, and the CGIAR meeting in October 1998.