FAO-CGIAR Collaboration: The present and the way forward
A High-level meeting was held on 3 April 2007 at FAO headquarters in Rome between FAO, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and its International Agricultural Research Centers. Mr Jacques Diouf, Director General, led the FAO delegation, while the CGIAR was represented by the Director-Generals of eight Centers, one Board Chair (Mr James Godfrey from the International Potato Center), the Chair of the CGIAR Science Council (Mr R. Rabbinge) and the Chair of the CGIAR Alliance Executive (Mr Emile Frison). The meeting reviewed the highlights of the existing CGIAR-FAO collaboration, discussed how to achieve greater efficiency in the drive to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and agreed on topics to be pursued for enhancing the partnership in the future.
Cooperation between FAO and the CGIAR dates back to the 1960s and covers governance, strategic planning, normative and technical cooperation and information exchange. It is most extensive in crop production, with special focus on conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, but also addresses crop enhancement, management of land and water resources, plant protection, seed systems, and conservation agriculture. Animal production and health, forestry, fisheries, natural resource management and capacity building – with special attention to strengthening national agricultural research systems – are other important areas of collaboration.
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