This week the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will host an event in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the CGIAR, established in 1971.
High level delegates from several key institutions will meet in Rome on Friday to reflect on the remarkable 40-year performance of the CGIAR. Particular attention will be given to the challenges agriculture and rural environments will face over the next 40 years, and how the CGIAR has been preparing to meet those challenges.
Presentations and remarks will be made by:
Jacques Diouf, Director General, FAO; Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice-President, Programmes, IFAD; Jonathan Wadsworth, Executive Secretary of the Fund Council and Head of the Fund Office; Carlos Perez del Castillo, Chair, CGIAR Consortium Board; Xiangjun Yao, Director, Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension, FAO (Chair of the Session); Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International and Secretary for the CGIAR’s Genetic Resources Policy Committee; Ruben Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture; Ann Tutwiler, Deputy Director-General for Knowledge, FAO