Message from the Chairman and
A very successful Annual General Meeting 2005 hosted by the
Government of Morocco, has just concluded, and we are pleased to
present an e-edition of "CGIAR News" that provides a
snapshot of the highlights.
This was our first meeting in the Central, West Asia and North
Africa (CWANA) region, and the CGIAR is honored that it was held
under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Given
that the region is the birthplace of agriculture, it was a fitting
locale for CGIAR stakeholders to meet and interact on a range of
issues directly aimed at improving the lives of poor people.
With over 1,000 participants, we had record attendance including
from local participants, representatives of national agricultural
research systems in the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa. The
Government of Morocco was an excellent host, and Moroccan officials
at the highest levels of government participated in the
The meeting included the approval of the System Priorities for
CGIAR Research for 2005-2015; the agreement on increased
programmatic, corporate services and structural alignment among the
Centers working in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, and the first
CGIAR media workshop conducted with the Reuters Foundation.
A special component of the meeting was a field visit to the
research station of the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique
(INRA) in Marrakech, where participants witnessed quality science
being mobilized for national development.
We hope you find this brief e-edition of "CGIAR News"
interesting. The AGM helped chart the way forward for an
ever-evolving CGIAR, better aligned for achieving the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). As always, we welcome comments at
We close by wishing you the best for the upcoming holiday
season, excellent end of year celebrations and a peaceful 2006.