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Terms of Use –

(effective as of 1 June 2012)

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your access to and use of the website (“Site”) which is managed and administered by the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (“CGIAR Consortium”).

By accessing or using the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, please promptly exit the Site.  In addition, specific terms of use may be indicated in connection with certain Materials, in which case your access to such Materials shall be governed by these Terms, subject to such specific terms of use.

The CGIAR Consortium reserves the right to modify these Terms in its discretion at any time, such modifications being effective when posted.

1. Materials Accessible through the Site

Throughout the Site, you may access materials including but not limited to images, information, documents, audio recordings, videos and services (“Materials”) either (i) developed and made available by the CGIAR Consortium (“Consortium Materials“), or (ii) made available by contributors through a blog or other service of the Site (“Contributed Materials”), or (iii) belonging to or originating from third parties (including CGIAR Centers and CGIAR Research Programs) and aggregated on the Site and/or made accessible through links to third party websites (“Third Party Materials”).

2. Permitted Use of Consortium Materials

The CGIAR Consortium aims to create international public goods. For this purpose, the Consortium Materials are made available in the most open and easily accessible way.  You may download, copy, reproduce, republish, modify, post, broadcast, transmit, distribute, make available to the public, or otherwise use Consortium Materials in any way, provided that (i) you attribute the work and any identified source, (ii)  your use is for non-commercial, research, educational or personal purposes, and (iii) you, in turn, license such Materials under the same conditions.  Should you wish to deviate from these conditions, please contact Consortium in order to seek prior authorization.

3. Third Party Materials

Your use of Third Party Materials is solely governed by the terms of use contained in the third party websites such Third Party Materials originate from. Third Party Materials are outside the domain, control and responsibility of the CGIAR Consortium which is providing access to them as a convenience only. No sponsorship or endorsement by the CGIAR Consortium is therefore hereby implied.

4. Contributed Materials

By posting Contributed Materials, contributors agree to grant the CGIAR Consortium, its successors and assigns, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, copy, modify, perform, publish and disseminate the Contributed Materials on the Site and in derivative works, and warrant that the exercise of such rights does not infringe any third party rights, including copyright. If the foregoing is false, Contributor shall defend, indemnify, and hold the CGIAR Consortium harmless from any resulting claims, damages or costs (including reasonable attorney fees).

5. Prohibited Use

You agree not to use this Site, including the Materials, for any unlawful purpose or in any way that would violate the rights of others, including intellectual property rights. You agree not use the CGIAR Consortium logo without our prior written authorization.

6. Disclaimer/ Limitation of Liability

The Site is provided by the CGIAR Consortium “as is”.  The CGIAR Consortium makes every effort to ensure, but makes no warranties, either express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, timeliness, non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose of any of the Materials. In no event shall the CGIAR Consortium be liable for any loss or damages of any nature, including special, indirect, punitive or consequential damages, arising in connection with the access, use or reliance on any of the Materials.

7. Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold the CGIAR Consortium, its employees, officers, trustees and affiliates, harmless from any claims, losses or damages, including legal fees, resulting from your violation of these Terms or your use of the Site, including any of the Materials, and to fully cooperate in the CGIAR Consortium’s defense against any such claims.

8. Law

These Terms are governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of France. You agree that any disputes or proceedings between you and us in connection with their subject matter shall be brought in a French court of competent jurisdiction.

9. No waiver

Either party’s failure to insist on or enforce strict performance of any of the Terms shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Nothing herein shall be deemed a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities of the CGIAR Consortium.

10. Entire Agreement

These Terms, including any additional specific terms of use, constitute the entire agreement between you and us relating to their subject matter and supersede all prior, contemporaneous and future communications between you and us.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us.

Because the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (“CGIAR Consortium”), as the administrator of the website (“Site”), gathers certain types of information about the users of the Site, we want to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information.

This Privacy Policy discloses what information we gather on the Site and how we use it.

1. What Information Does the CGIAR Consortium Collect?

Personal information

You can access and use the Site without providing any personal information. If you register for an email newsletter, post to a blog or fill out a feedback form, you may be asked for information that helps to identify you, such as your name, email address, organization and website. This information is used for technical and customer administration of the Site only and is not shared with third parties.

Non-personally identifiable information

We may track and analyze information about the usage of the Site. Only summaries of visitors’ behavior are produced. Examples of this type of information include statistics on most popular and least popular pages.

The purpose of this data collection is so that the CGIAR Consortium can better understand the preferences of the Site’s visitors and improve the Site.

The information collected cannot be traced back to a particular individual and is never connected with any personal information you supply to us.

Use of cookies and web beacons

When you register for one of our services, the CGIAR Consortium sets a cookie, a small bit of code stored on your computer’s hard drive that enables you to manage your subscriptions and online profile. By setting this cookie, the CGIAR Consortium will remember you the next time you visit and won’t have to bother you by asking questions you have already answered (like address information).

You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the Site and may be required to re-enter information more frequently to use certain services on the Site.

IP Addresses

In addition, the CGIAR Consortium also records your IP address, which is the Internet address of your computer, and information such as your browser type and operating system. This information helps us learn about the geographical distribution of our Site visitors and the technology they use to access the Site.

2. Third-Party Sites

The Site may feature aggregated content from third party websites (including websites of CGIAR Centers and CGIAR Research Programs) and/or include links to such websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such aggregated content or to such third party websites, which are governed by their own privacy policies.

3. How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us.

4. Changes

The CGIAR Consortium reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy in its discretion at any time, such modifications being effective when posted.