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Find out what’s new at the new Consortium of Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

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Home page of the website of the Consortium of CGIAR Centers.

You’ll find news of the new Consortium of Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), to which the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) belongs,  posted by the consortium’s communications officer, Elizabeth Clarke, in the What’s New section of the Consortium website.

Here are the current postings:

Carlos Perez del Castillo, Chair of the Board of the Consortium of the CGIAR has been appointed as one of the 15 members of Steering Committee which will lead newly formed High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE). The panel appointment is part of the reform of the Committee of World Food Security, and will meet in Rome from 11–16 October to decide on the first list of topics to be commissioned from the HLPE for analysis. The Steering Committee will appoint ad hoc expert teams to provide independent expert knowledge on food security-related topics. Its function will be to assess and analyse the current state of food security and nutrition and its underlying causes and provide scientific and knowledge-based analysis and advice on specific policy-relevant issues.

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The Board of the Consortium of the CGIAR invited bids to host the Consortium Headquarters and visited each of the locations in India, France, Italy, Kenya and Ethiopia. The Board carefully examined each bid based on the criteria and requirements it had set. All proposals were comprehensive and of a high quality. However, the French bid for hosting the Consortium Headquarters in Montpellier provides the best overall merits in terms of the criteria. It will facilitate the immediate and long-term needs of the CGIAR Consortium and Centers already located throughout the Developing World. It also provides an ideal central focal point for bringing together both new and existing partners to execute the vision of the new CGIAR. Offices in Montpellier will be functional in early 2011, at a temporary location, whilst the permanent offices are being built by the French Government.

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The Consortium Board of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research has announced the appointment of the first Consortium Chief Executive Officer, who will lead the CGIAR in the implementation of its new business model. Mr Lloyd Le Page is currently leading the Sustainable Agriculture and Development division of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a Du Pont business. In this global role he has focused primarily on working with small farmers and improving agricultural value chains in Africa and Asia.

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With collecting, characterising and conserving plant genetic resources a key part of the CGIAR’s role and its impact in international agricultural research for development, the Consortium and the Global Crop Diversity Trust (the Trust) have commissioned a study to determine the costs of managing the Centers’ germplasm collections. This includes making sure there is sufficient funding to ensure that the collections and information about them is made available under the terms of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). CGIAR Centers manage collections of plant genetic resources “in trust” for the international community under the terms of Article 15 of the ITPGRFA.

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In line with increasing recognition of the importance of women and families in agriculture and development, the CGIAR Consortium Board has commissioned the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) to conduct the gender scoping study. The study will provide recommendations to the Consortium Board on:
the effectiveness of the CGIAR in mainstreaming research on gender
needs, capacities, and existing partnerships of the CGIAR for integrating research on gender into the megaprograms
the most effective mechanism(s) for mainstreaming gender research in the CGIAR megaprograms
best practice in gender research, development of standardised indicators, methodology development, and capacity-building for gender-responsive R&D
an implementation process to rapidly and effectively ramp up the system to the recommended mechanism.

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