19) ICRISAT DG Meets New Chairman of CGIAR (July 2000)

The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is an informal association of 58 public and private members that support a network of sixteen international centers, of which ICRISAT is one. In a recent meeting in London, convened by the new Chairman of the CGIAR, Dr. Ian Johnson, ICRISAT's Director General Dr. William Dar, along with other Center Directors, met and discussed the current situation in the CGIAR and strategies for the future.

"The meeting was like a breath of fresh air for the whole CGIAR System," said Dr. Dar. Dr. Johnson, who is also a Vice President of the World Bank, pledged to mobilize more funds through a proactive resource mobilization endeavor of the CGIAR, so that the Centers will be given enough resources to do the right kind of research work, which will help to improve people's lives in the neediest areas of the world.

Dr. Johnson also emphasized the need to enhance behavioral changes in the system and the Centers. He would like to see more inter-center collaboration together with other relevant partners. He will initiate the streamlining of the secretariat and many existing committees. He sent the message that business as usual is no longer possible today and in the future, and that much work remains to be done to make the whole system more efficient and effective.

The commitment of the CGIAR Chair promises a much brighter future of CGIAR than before, and ICRISAT will be here to stay. Therefore, ICRISAT must really chart its future, create new beginnings and a new culture and to pursue work on very critical and important research issues in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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