Crop Genetic Improvement and Agricultural Development
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Provisional synthesis by Robert Evenson of the results of an assessment of the impact of the crop improvement work of the CGIAR centers. This study was done Evenson in collaboration with eight IARCs under the auspices of IAEG. There is a forward written on behalf of SPIA, successor organization to IAEG, by Hans Gregersen. A previous version of the provisional synthesis was discussed at the CGIAR meeting in October 1999, and this one was the subject of a seminar at the CGIAR Mid Term Meeting 2000. Future publication plans for the study included a book to be published by CAB International, and academic articles. These are discussed in the SPIntellectual Assets Report to ICW 2000.The study traced germplasm improvements in ten crops through their introduction by national agricultural research systems and adoption by farmers, to their ultimate impacts on agricultural productivity, economic growth, income of producers, and affordability of food for poor consumers.The analysis considered the nature and magnitude of outputs and their costs; the CGIAR contribution to released varieties; related production gains; and impacts on producers and consumers. A related issue was the effect of IARC programs on NARS and private sector investments.