A Food Secure World for All: Toward a New Vision and Strategy for the CGIAR
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Final version of a TAC statement of the CGIAR vision and strategy. A draft document and an addendum on strategic choices were approved at MTM 2000, with the request that they be combined. That was done at TAC 79, and the result presented by TAC Chair Emil Javier at ICW 2000, where it served as background for discussions of how the CGIAR should reshape itself to implement the vision.The paper recommended that the CGIAR mission be achievement of sustainable food security and poverty reduction in the developing countries, and proposed a strategy of seven planks:1. focusing sharply on the reduction of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition;2. bringing modern science to bear on productivity and institutional problems;3. giving highest priority to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa;4. adopting a regional approach to research planning;5. diversifying and closely integrating partnerships;6. in certain circumstances, adopting a taskforce approach to CGIAR work;7. strengthening the CGIAR as a catalyst, integrator, and disseminator of knowledge.In his presentation to MTM 2000, Javier called attention to aspects with strategic implications: the focus on poverty reduction at the regional level; adoption of modern research tools to complement or replace traditional tools; closer articulation with partners in regions with high concentrations of poverty; increasing NARS capability to share responsibilities; and augmenting CGIAR capacity to respond to changing environments.The paper lists the four broad criteria used by TAC to assess strategic choices for shaping the CGIAR research agenda. These are contribution to CGIAR goals, international public goods, alternative sources of supply, and probability of success.Strategic choices are considered under the headings of germplasm collection and biodiversity, germplasm improvement, sustainable production systems, policy research, and enhancing institutions.