CGIAR International Centers Week, Washington, D.C., October 31-November 4, 1983: Main Conclusions Reached and Decisions Taken
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Report of a meeting of the CGIAR held in Washington, DC, October 31 to November 2-4, 1983. Warren Baum presided at his last meeting as CGIAR Chairman. China and Finland attended their first meeting as donor members. TAC Chairman, Professor Guy Camus, reported on TAC 31 and 32. He presented the guidelines adopted by TAC for external program reviews. The Group heard presentations of the external program and management reviews of CIP. Discussion of the external program review of ICARDA focused on farming systems. The Group supported gradual engagement by ICARDA in research on supplemental irrigation, and also a stronger commitment to training. It approved the agreement reached by CIMMYT and ICARDA, and commended by TAC, on responsibilities for research on durum wheat and barley.The Group heard reports from the center directors and the board chairs. Dr. Werner Treitz summarized the status of the Impact Study, reporting that Dr. Frank Press, President of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA had accepted chairmanship of the Advisory Committee. The CGIAR approved the establishment of a CGIAR Special Activities Account. It heard indications of support for 1984 from donors. The integrative report essay on research networks was discussed. The Group approved a bracket of funding for 1984 programs, the creation of a Stabilization Mechanism, a three year interim plan based on estimated likely contributions rather than requirements, and the design of a study of budget and finance.Because the status of IBPGR was before the FAO, the Group approved a statement "that the Board should continue as an autonomous, independent, international institution under the authority of the CGIAR working in close cooperation with FAO." It also approved statements endorsing international status for CIAT and other centers.Annex: List of Participants. Attachments: Center 1984 Core Budget Proposals as Recommended by TAC; and the Interim Three Year Plan.