6) ICRISAT Director General to lead global alliance of agricultural research centers (29 October 2004)

Another feather has been added to the cap of Dr William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). He has been nominated the incoming Chair of a collective body of leaders, the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The Alliance of Future Harvest Centers is an important body which helps strengthen the CGIAR System by providing support and perspective on systemwide issues and on technical and management concerns. The Alliance governs the collective work of individual centers, establishes mechanisms for conflict resolution and speaks with a common voice to raise the visibility of issues. It also reinforces existing linkages and brings on new partnerships in the CGIAR.

Dr Dar will assume the position in January 2005. Accepting the position during the Annual General Meeting of the CGIAR in Mexico recently, Dr Dar said: “As I take up the challenge of chairing the Alliance in 2005, I seek not only the support of my colleagues but also those of all CGIAR co-sponsors, members and stakeholders. We must always remember that our primary allegiance is, and will always be, for the poor in the developing countries. We must therefore empower them for a food secure and better world for all,”

Established in 1971, the CGIAR system is a strategic alliance consisting of co-sponsors, members, committees, international agricultural research centers, center committees, and a virtual systems office. At present, the CGIAR has 63 members. Over the last 30 years, the CGIAR has made a major contribution to poverty reduction and food security in developing countries, and has achieved outstanding rates of return on investment.

ICRISAT is one of 15 centers belonging to the CGIAR System. Guided by Science with a Human Face, ICRISAT harnesses the power of technology for development, food security, poverty alleviation and environmental protection, aimed at empowering poor rural families of the semi-arid tropics.

Prior to joining ICRISAT, Dr Dar was Acting Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Presidential Adviser on Rural Development, Government of Philippines. As recognition of his feat in managing and turning ICRISAT around, the ICRISAT Governing Board gave Dr Dar another five-year term, also starting in 2005.

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