As you may be aware, the CGIAR is currently undergoing a major change process – the largest in its 39 year history. The new model that has been developed emphasizes clear lines of accountability and stronger collaboration and partnership with other research and development actors. This more businesslike structure and its clarified roles, responsibilities and decision-making processes promise to enable the CGIAR to do more in fulfilment of its mandate – in short, to be more impact-oriented.
For a quick overview of the change process see the short video ‘Rising to the challenge of a new CGIAR’.
The new CGIAR approach is being operationalized through a number of Mega Programs, each of which is currently being developed by several Centers working closely together. The shortlist of topics for the initial set of Mega Programs was drawn up by the board of the new Consortium of CGIAR Centers.
One of the first set of Mega Programs is focused on improving the productivity of livestock and farmed fish by and for the poor: this is known as Mega Program 3.7. It has the twin objectives of improving food and nutrition security, and enhancing livelihoods, in carefully selected meat, milk and fish value chains.
As the four Centers work to develop the concept note into a full proposal by early September, I would greatly appreciate your help to critique and help shape our emerging ideas and plans.
We very much hope you will be able to find the time to take part in this e-consultation.
Signed Carlos Seré
Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
on behalf of ILRI and the Director Generals of the WorldFish Center, CIAT, and ICARDA