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Letter from TAC Chairman transmitting the Report of the CGIAR Medium-Term Resource Allocation 1994-98 - Analysis and Recommendations


Alex F. McCalla

6 September 1993

Dear Mr. Rajagopalan

I am pleased to submit to you TAC's recommendations for allocation of CGIAR resources during 1994-98. This completes the process of linking CGIAR priorities and strategies with resource allocation. The recommendations provide TAC's views on the medium-term plan proposals submitted by the CGIAR centres to implement the priorities and strategies endorsed by the Group at MTM'92 in Istanbul, Turkey. As you are aware since MTM'92, the centres, TAC and the Group have been involved in an interactive process on these plans. The consideration of these recommendations by the Group will be the final step in this process, leading to resource allocation decisions at ICW'93 to guide the implementation of CGIAR Priorities and Strategies over the period 1994-98.

Consistent with the decision of the Group at ICW'91, the TAC recommendations are based on a projected 1998 funding support for core programmes of US$ 270 million, in 1992 dollars. This level of funding support, maintains the 1992 pledges in real terms, except for a modest increase for forestry and fisheries. Obviously this does not represent the totality of the high payoff research opportunities at CGIAR centres. In this respect, the report identifies additional investment opportunities if a higher funding level were to become available. However, to inject realism in this planning, the report suggests an annual progression starting from the present 1993 funding levels to reach the proposed 1998 level. For 1994 therefore TAC recommends core funding support of US$ 229 million in 1992 dollars or US$ 248 million in current dollars.

Mr. V, Rajagopalan
Chairman, CGIAR
World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433

Mail address: Technical Advisory Comm/CGIAR, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (916) 752-8648/8649 - Telex: 4900010239 UCD UI - FAX (916) 752-8572
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TAC has addressed the concerns expressed by some donors of the programme implications of funding below the recommended levels. TAC is convinced that lower funding levels if sustained over the 1994-98 period will require that discussions of alternatives for CGIAR programme and institutional restructuring presented in the context of 2010 (Chapter 11 of the CGIAR Expansion report considered at ICW'91) be advanced.

The resource allocation recommendations are therefore accompanied by a revision of Chapter 13 of the CGIAR Priorities and Strategies paper (MTM'92 dated 15 April 1992) which proposes a mechanism for looking at the structural options and alternative strategies available to the CGIAR. This revision has benefited from the extensive consultations that have taken place over the last twelve months regarding the ecoregional approach to research - a key principle in the proposed restructuring of the CGIAR.

You will also note that TAC has made two types of recommendations on funding in the CGIAR: centre specific funding, and programme funding for particular CGIAR Systemwide initiatives. With respect to programme funding, TAC has identified convening centres which will have an initiating and facilitating role, and which, in partnership with collaborating institutions, will develop proposals for joint programmes. TAC would be willing to receive these proposals if so requested by the Group. TAC recognizes the innovative but experimental nature of such programme funding and that many issues, for example with respect to accountability, have still to be resolved. However, TAC strongly believes that programme funding would provide an attractive and innovative mechanism to promote partnerships among centres, national programmes and other actors in the global agricultural research systems.

Mr. Chairman these reports represent the culmination of a concentrated and arduous process. They provide TAC's collective views and recommendations of priorities, strategies and resource allocation in the CGIAR. I would like to thank TAC members for their dedication and commitment throughout this exercise. I would like to publicly acknowledge the contributions of the staff of both the TAC and CGIAR Secretariats. Special recognition must be given to the enormous contributions that Guido Gryseels, TAC Secretariat, and Jean-Pierre Jacqmotte and Ravi Tadvalkar, CGIAR Secretariat, made to the analytical work throughout the process and to the writing of this report. I wish to stress the excellent cooperation and team spirit among members of the two Secretariats.

We look forward to the discussion at ICW'93. Hopefully our efforts will facilitate a constructive dialogue and useful conclusions.

Yours sincerely,

A.F. McCalla
TAC Chair

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