Report of the Fifth External Programme Review of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics

ICRISAT, - (2004) Report of the Fifth External Programme Review of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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The CGIAR Chairman introduced the item, and briefly explained the separate but linked external programme and management review process. The EPR report findings were presented by Panel Chair Paul Vlek. He commended the expertise of both panels. The EPR Panel took a retrospective and prospective view and focused on strategic and programmatic matters, mission relevance and quality of science, and accomplishments and impact. It noted the Centre’s excellent science output, but also that it is losing its competitive advantage in Asia. Its international public goods (IPGs) impact/delivery in Africa is not clear and the Panel felt that ICRISAT had not followed the recommendation of the fourth EPMR to focus on and contribute to Africa. The Centre does not have a solid footing in Africa, and is even losing ground, i.e. it lacks a critical mass in Africa. Management problems that were apparent include excessive changes in management, unstable organization, shifting vision and mission, dwindling support, and lack/weak fundraising strategy. In addition, it’s new vision/mission is rather broad. Global themes will, however, help integration. He gave an overview of the recommendations in the report, and noted that this is a defining moment for ICRISAT. Many activities need to be phased out in Asia and moved to Africa. It should rethink the Virtua l University, which does not appear to have any comparative advantage, lacks critical mass and is not delivering IPGs. Strategic upstream activities should be maintained in Asia, but its main activities and HQ should be moved to Africa. Most importantly, it needs a strategy for SSA. He concluded by thanking the ICRISAT staff, field teams and the CGIAR for the opportunity to serve the System.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 05:50
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2013 10:39
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