Contributions by the CGIAR and its Partners to Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Report by TAC's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) on the impacts of the CGIAR and its partners on agricultural production, poverty, and malnutrition in Sub Saharan Africa, presented at the 2001 Mid Term Meeting in Durban, South Africa. The report focused on the impacts of crop genetic improvement research-the area with the most available evidence- and measured these impacts in terms of the area of food crops planted with modern varieties, the proportion of these varieties containing genetic material developed at CGIAR Centers. Increases in yields, control of pests like the cassava mealy bug, the volume of germplasm exchanged between Africa and other regions, and significance of policy research, scientific capacity building, and institution strengthening were also described. The report also addressed reasons for the region's very limited progress in increasing per capita food production, and found the African experience to strongly justify a shift to regional priority setting and adoption of a regional approach to research.