Presentation on theme: "Eco-Efficient Agriculture for the Poor An Overview of CIAT."— Presentation transcript:
Eco-Efficient Agriculture for the Poor An Overview of CIAT
CIAT Facts Founded in 1967 near Cali, Colombia Total staff : 800 (600 in Colombia) including more than 200 scientists Operating in three regions: o Latin America and the Caribbean (based at HQ, Colombia) o Sub-Saharan Africa (based in Nairobi) with activities in 28 countries o Southeast Asia (based in Hanoi) with activities in China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand Current budget of US$M 60
1967: US Foundations Played a Key Role in CIAT’s Creation 1967: 1966 Lewis M. Roberts and Lowell S. Hardin of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, respectively, propose establishing a center for international research in Colombia 1967 With support from the Colombian Government and the Rockefeller, Ford and Kellogg Foundations, CIAT is created 1968 The first director general is Ulysses J. Grant (USA), former leader of the Rockefeller Foundation’s agricultural program in Colombia Ulysses J. Grant 2012: Join us to celebrate our 45 th anniversary!
To reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human health in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture CIAT’s Mission
Board of Trustees Director General Agrobiodiversity Genetic Resources Bean Forages Cassava Rice Tropical Soil Management ISFM Sustainable Land Management DCF Decision & Policy Analysis Capacity Strenghtening Tropical Fruits CIAT Regions Africa Asia Latin America & The Caribbean CGIAR Initiatives CCAFS HarvestPlus Corporate Services Central Services Finances Human Resources Information Systems Legal Office Corporate Services in Africa Agronatura Science Park FLAR CLAYUCA
CIAT Stability Plan 2008 What happened Center budget increased 48% since 2000 Unrestricted funds fell to < 30% Failed to implement FCR Unplanned spending – hiring personnel strengthening of COP by 50% since 2003 Reserves down to 15 days of operation Actions Taken DG terminated – Transition DG and new DG appointed in 2009 Board resigned – new Board appointed 2008 Director of Finance and Director of Administration replaced with DDG-CS 22% staff reduction since 2006 Change IRS contract terms – gain flexibility Implement FCR policy Cost reduction measures save $0.75 m in 2007 Extraordinary support WB of $0.75 m Transition Plan Goals Stabilizing situation, planning for the future Retain critical staff, preserve science capacity Strengthen relationship with host country Improve infrastructure if full plan is approved Obtain financial support – Full plan $4.9 m – Reduced plan $2.5 m Reserves back to over 75 days by end of 2011 Achievements Support obtained for reduced plan from WB, SDC, DFID amount of almost $2.5 m Stabilized Center, implemented new strategy FCR policy implemented in 2008 IRS contracts changed – reduced contract terms and replaced all permanent contracts Re-established contacts with Host Country Infrastructure improvements partially implemented