The ISC is composed of five (5) representatives from the boards of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and AfricaRice; six (6) independent global experts; and the DGs of IRRI and AfricaRice as ex-officio members.
The meeting focused on the overview of the RICE impact pathway, management structures, and general updates provided by Bas Bouman (CRP director), feedback from the center representatives on the CRP's role in forging partnership among centers and stakeholders, and presentations from the flagship project leaders on the achievements made in 2017 and the planned work and budget for 2018.
Dr. Pascal Kosuth, director of the Agropolis Fondation and current chair of the RICE ISC moderated the dynamic discussions and led the formulation of recommendations. It was emphasized in the meeting that the RICE CRP should communicate its broad vision and articulate its value added across the regions.
RICE CRP was formed with the goal to foster impact-driven rice research and development to reduce poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, promote gender equity, and enhance ecosystem resilience in rice production systems. It brings together 600 research and development partners from both the public and private sector to deliver measurable impacts on the overall goals of CGIAR.
Other participants in the ISC meeting are the RICE Program Planning and Management Team (PPMT) composed of DDGRs and senior representatives from the six major RICE centers (IRRI, AfricaRice, CIAT, Cirad, IRD, and JIRCAS), and the five (5) flagship project leaders.
For more information about RICE CRP, go to http://ricecrp.org/