The CGIAR Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus
This collaborative program "Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC)" was jointly initiated in 1998 by a consortium of nine CGIAR Centers (CIMMYT, CIP, ICARDA, ICRISAT, IFPRI, ILRI, IPGRI, ISNAR, and IWMI) and the national agricultural systems (NARS) of the eight countries of the CAC region; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the Caucasus. It is designed to meet national goals by increasing agricultural productivity, improving natural resource management and conservation of genetic material, and strengthening agricultural research management and policy procedures. It fosters cooperation between CAC countries and between them and international research organizations. The partners include eight NARS, nine CGIAR Centers, donors, NGOs and other international and national research and development institutions. A Task Force of the CGIAR Center Directors General Committee (CDC) is responsible for CGIAR inputs and liaison between the participating Centers.
A Program Steering Committee (PSC) provides overall Program management, with responsibility for guidance, information exchange, progress monitoring, and review of research results. The Program is supported by a Program Facilitation Unit (PFU), housed at the Office of the ICARDA Regional Program for Central Asia and the Caucasus in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ICARDA serves as the focal point to support the activities of the Consortium and implementation of the Program.
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