Technical Advisory Committee Fifty-Ninth Meeting, 19-24 October 1992: Report of the Meeting
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Report of TAC 59 held at IFPRI in Washington DC, October 19-24, 1992, Alex McCalla presiding. TAC produced interim commentaries on the medium term plans of seven centers: CIAT, CIP, ISNAR, IIMI, ICRISAT, IITA and CIMMYT. TAC noted several system-wide issues arising from MTPs, including resolution of system and center priorities, the classification of core activities, and aspects of ecoregional research. TAC also discussed CIFOR, particularly its 1993 p&b, and acted on special budget requests from CIP, ILRAD, ICARDA, and ILCA.TAC endorsed the recommendations of the interim external review of IFPRI, and planned an informal oral commentary to ICW92. The TAC Chair introduced a document on priorities and strategies for livestock research (also discussed at ICW92). TAC broadly endorsed the paper, but requested further discussion.A joint session with center directors and board chairs agreed on the need for a short CGIAR strategy statement and set up a working group to refine methodologies for assessing CGIAR priorities. It reviewed an IBPGR paper on strategy for plant genetic resources, including the role and support for the Inter Center Working Group (ICWG). Lukas Brader, chair of the Center Directors Committee on IPR, reported progress toward an agreed document, and plans for placing CGIAR germplasm collections under the legal umbrella of the International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources. Hubert Zandstra reported on the status of the Center Directors/TAC Working Group on the Ecoregional Approach to Research in the CGIAR, which was having difficulty agreeing on its terms of reference. John Walsh reported on the work of the Center Directors Committee on Information, and Michael Arnold deplored the slow progress on a system-wide information strategy. TAC members and donors counseled against active participation by TAC in raising funds for the CGIAR, although TAC's work could be used for promotional purposes.