CGIAR Consortium Board meets

November 15, 2010 at 7:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr Carlos del Castillo (right), Consortium Board Chair, was keen to scale up the use of GIS tools

The Board of the Consortium of CGIAR Centers held its third meeting at ICARDA headquarters, 3-6 October. The nine-member Board, mandated to provide oversight of the “new” CGIAR, is led by Dr Carlos Pérez del Castillo of Uruguay. Mr Lloyd Le Page, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Consortium, also attended. The leadership (Directors General and Board Chairs) of the 15 CGIAR Centers held parallel meetings at Tel Hadya during this period, and also participated in a joint session of the Consortium Board meeting.

The Consortium Board visits experiments at ICARDA’s new biosafety facility. Mr Lloyd Le Page, CEO, is at far right

Discussions at the meetings focused on several areas including funding mechanisms to ensure a smooth transition to the new CGIAR structure and the status of the proposed Consortium Research Programs. For more details see http://cgiarconsortium.cgxchange.org/

Welcoming the visitors, Mr Henri Carsalade, Chair of ICARDA’s Board of Trustees, drew attention to the location of ICARDA’s headquarters – in the region where agriculture first began and the center of origin of many important food crops. The Board spent a full morning touring field and laboratory facilities at Tel Hadya.  Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, made a presentation on ICARDA’s research, and accompanied the Board members and Center leaders on a tour of the genebank, the biosafety facility, the wheat quality laboratory, the IPM laboratories and the GIS Unit.  They also visited the livestock research unit, and field experiments on water harvesting and conservation agriculture.

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