Planning CGIAR research

May 9, 2012 at 6:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

5th ISPC meeting, New Delhi, 26-29 March

The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), a standing panel of scientists appointed by the Fund Council to advise on science quality and partnerships within the CGIAR, reviewed progress and future plans for a number of global CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).

Dr Mahmoud Solh reported on progress in the inception phase of the ICARDA-led CRP1.1 on Dryland Systems. Nine CGIAR Centers and their partners are working together to develop detailed research plans for each CRP1.1 target region. The meeting also discussed ways to integrate research on natural resource management (a key component of CRP1.1) in all CGIAR programs.  The ISPC also reviewed two other CGIAR programs in which ICARDA is involved, CRP3.5 on Grain Legumes and CRP3.6 on Dryland Cereals. Both programs are led by ICRISAT.

The meeting was co-hosted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Dr S Ayyappan, ICAR Director General, stressed the synergies between Indian research organizations and the CGIAR, and welcomed broader collaboration. The meeting included several presentations on research conducted by ICAR and other Indian organizations, that complement CGIAR efforts. One session of the ISPC meeting (chaired by Dr Ayyappan) focused on ICAR’s strategy and future plans, particularly relating to collaborative research with CGIAR Centers.

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