02) CGIAR Consortium Board to meet at ICRISAT

The Board of the newly established Consortium of Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will hold high-level meetings at the headquarters of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India from 13 to 16 February 2011.

Director General of ICRISAT, Dr William D. Dar said that ICRISAT is delighted to host this extremely important meeting, where key issues for discussion with the Consortium will emerge and resolved.

The Consortium Board consists of Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Chair), Carl Hausmann (Vice Chair), Tom Arnold, Mohammed Ait-Kadi, Ganesan Balachander, Gebisa Ejeta and Ian Goldin.

The Consortium Board meetings will include meetings of Directors General of the Consortium of CGIAR Centers, Board Chairs of the Centers, and meetings with the Consortium Board Chair and the Consortium CEO, Dr Lloyd Le Page.

Established in April 2010, the Consortium coordinates and supports the Centers of which ICRISAT is a member. The Consortium is currently engaged in the formulation of the CGIAR's Strategy and Results Framework, and the development of research programs under the strategy.

The vision of the newly reformed CGIAR is to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, and enhance ecosystem resilience through high-quality international agricultural research, partnership and leadership. The new CGIAR operates on four principles:

  1. A harmonized approach for supporting and conducting research through a dual structure, which consists of a Consortium of CGIAR Centers and a new CGIAR Fund.

  2. Management for results in accordance with the Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) and portfolio of Research Programs that derive from the SRF.

  3. Effective governance and efficient operations for better provision and use of resources.

  4. Strong collaboration and partnerships with and among funders, implementers, and users of SRF research as well as other external partners supporting the SRF.

ICRISAT’s vision of prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics is closely aligned with that of the new CGIAR.

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