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Strengthening Regional/Sub-Regional Organizations of Agricultural Research for Development

In the globalized world that characterizes this turn of century the Regional/Sub-Regional Organizations (ROs/SROs) play a key role in facilitating scientific and technological cooperation among groups of countries. Through cooperative action, the ROs/SROs facilitate joint research efforts, seeking to assure a critical mass of human and financial resources in strategic areas of research, and to promote concerted action among the various stakeholders of agricultural research for development (ARD). Given the increasing institutional diversification

Global research on underutilised crops An assessment of current activities and proposals For enhanced cooperation

This report has been produced to provide a succinct overview of the global research activities on underutilised crops. It is aimed at policy makers, funding agencies and research administrators but it is hoped that it will also be of use to the scientific community. The report results from a request from a workshop convened by the Genetic Resources Policy Committee for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. The workshop was held at the M.S.S. Research Foundation, Chennai, India in 1999.

Direct Sowing, Mulch-based and Conservation agriculture

Research and development programs to develop and promote DMC (Direct Sowing, Mulch-based and Conservation agriculture) technologies exist in more than 40 countries, and some of these programs are several decades old. Yet despite all of the efforts that have been made to promote the technology, extensive adoption by small-scale farmers is still limited because of a large number of interacting technical, economic and institutional constraints can block the development and diffusion process.

DURAS Project Funded by MAE (France) ¿Promoting sustainable development in Agricultural Research Systems¿

The main goal of this four (4) years project with a funding of ¿ 4,000,000 is to strengthen the involvement of the southern stakeholders (NARS, including the civil society organisations, and their Regional and sub-regional Fora) in a global agenda dealing with agricultural research for sustainable development (ARSD). To achieve this goal the project will follow the GFAR principles of (a) bottom approach led by a multistakeholder dialogue, (b) subsidiarity and, (c) decentralisation.

Some Thoughts on the Follow-up to GFAR-2000 on Research Partnerships

This paper complements the report that is being circulated on GFAR-2000, which analyses in more detail the various results of the Dresden Conference and the follow-up that is being made to each one.1 This paper concentrates on the GFAR function of ¿facilitating the development of research partnerships for global cooperation in agricultural research for development (ARD)¿ and on how it can be further operationalized, capitalising on the research partnership proposals that were presented at the Dresden Conference by the interested stakeholders

Synopsis Report of Proceedings (Draft #1)

The main objectives of the workshop included: ¿ To inform NGO networks and FO umbrella/network on recent developments in agricultural research at national, sub-regional, regional and international levels. ¿ To inform NGO and FO about the CGIAR-NGO committee ¿ To discuss an NGO and FO vision on agricultural research in West and Central Africa and to share the one already that has been articulated by researchers. ¿ To discuss and develop with NGO their mandate, their roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis the field of agricultural research.

Proposal for a West African NGO Workshop on Agricultural Research in Collaboration with CORAF

For the last two decades, NGOs have been the targets of many multilateral and bilateral organizations in development partnerships. At the same time, research has developed similar partnerships with NGOs. Since 1995, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) opened its doors to non-agricultural research partners such as NGOs, the private sector, farmers¿ organizations, etc. Since then many international centers such as ICRISAT, ICRAF, IRRI ,WARDA¿etc have developed some partnerships with NGOs.