ICARDA Board of Trustees meets

April 30, 2010 at 6:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Strategies for impact: the Board of Trustees discusses the proposed CGIAR Mega-Programs

The 47th Meeting of ICARDA’s Board of Trustees was held at Tel Hadya, 23-27 April. The Board welcomed two new members: host-country representative Dr Walid Tawil, Director General of the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research, and Prof. Carl-Gustaf Thornström of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Dr Mahmoud Solh presented an overview of activities during the six months since the last Board meeting, including progress in the implementation of ICARDA’s strategic plan, focusing particularly on issues related to food security and climate change, partnerships with national research programs and other organizations, and developments in resource mobilization. He also highlighted the unusual rainfall and temperature patterns in the current cropping season, which have contributed to at least two major pest and disease outbreaks (see below). Top of the agenda for the Board meeting was ICARDA’s role in the “new” CGIAR. As part of the change process, much of the research by CGIAR Centers will be structured under a series of Mega-Programs. The Board’s Program Committee (which oversees the Center’s research) discussed how ICARDA’s four research programs will align with the Mega-Program portfolio, and how best the Center could contribute to collaborative CGIAR efforts.

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