CGIAR and IARC Governance, Organisation and Structure: An African Perspective
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Synthesis of the views of leaders of African NARS prepared by a team representing three subregional organizations (ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD, and SACCAR) which met in Entebbe, October 16-17, 2000. The team had access to the report of the Synthesis Group and the CBC/CDC retreat report. Their paper was transmitted by FARA Chair Joseph K. Mukiibi and distributed at CGIAR International Centers Week 2000 as background to the discussion of structure and governance..The paper suggests changes to make the CGIAR and its IARCs more responsive to the needs of African agricultural research, to improve collaborative research between IARCs and African NARS, and to align their priorities more effectively. It asks that the CGIAR simplify its relationships with African NARS, complement them, and be more selective. It suggests two integrated regional centers for Africa, dealing with export crops as well as crops to meet regional and national food needs. These should evolve into permanent not for profit centers to do research that cannot be done economically at the national level. Work with the private sector is important. The African NARS see a need for a limited continuing global centers operating on the principal of subsidiarity, and for a continuing CGIAR central structure, international in character. International public support continues to be needed, but regional centers could gradually gain support from those who benefit from the research.