Third External Program Review of CIAT, 1989
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External program review of CIAT conducted in 1989 by a panel chaired by John Coulter, concurrently with an external management review. The document contains a summary of the discussion of both reviews at the CGIAR meeting in May 1990, transmittals from the chairs of the panel and TAC, a TAC commentary approved at TAC 50, CIAT's response, and the conclusions and recommendations of the external management review performed concurrently. The panel made 25 recommendations, three of which were joint with the EMR. TAC made a number of suggestions about revisions to CIAT's strategic plan, for example concerning the long term viability of a low input strategy. The plan was to be revised under the new director general.The panel commented on mandate, strategy and research priorities, and reviewed the work of the bean, cassava, rice and tropical pastures programs. It also considered supporting research and other services, and discussed seven selected themes of CIAT research. Other sections of the report dealt with international cooperation, training and communications. A chapter on organizational structure and process was prepared jointly with the EMR panel. Recommendations concern, among other things, the screening and processing of backlogged bean germplasm materials; identification of major constraints to bean production in Africa; establishment of an internal biosafety committee; population improvement and yield measurement methodologies used by the rice program; increased fund raising for the seed unit, and appointment of a Coordinator of Research Support.