CGIAR Consortium headquarters in Montpellier
March 4, 2013 : Historical day for international agricultural research and a food secure future: Montpellier, 4th March 2013,
1 – Ceremony for the laying of the first stone for the construction of the CGIAR Consortium Office, organized by the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council at Agropolis International
2 - Signature of the agreement for CGIAR Consortium Headquarters in Montpellier-France
3 – Signature of MoUs for partnerships between the CGIAR Consortium and several French agricultural institutions members of the CRAI (French Commission for international agricultural research) chaired by Bernard Hubert, President of Agropolis International
4 – Presentation of two (out of the fifteen) CGIAR global agricultural research programmes (CRPs) in which regional scientific partners are involved (namely, CIRAD and IRD) GRiSP (Global Rice Scientific Partnership) Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
This signature ceremony will take place just after the Foundation Stone Ceremony of the CGIAR building organized by the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council at Agropolis International .
End 2013, the CGIAR consortium will have his own building, next to Agropolis International. This building is entirely funded by the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
September 19-20, 2012, Agropolis International, Montpellier (France)
Dr. Rijsberman’s extensive experience in international agricultural research, especially in the field of water management, coupled with his valuable leadership and management skills, make him ideal for this vital role. In his current position as the director of the Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene strategy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he leads a team tasked with alleviating the burden of water-borne diseases and improving access to sanitation, especially in Africa and Asia.
The CGIAR Consortium, representing the world’s largest global agriculture research partnership aimed at reducing rural poverty and hunger was officially granted International Organization status on March 2nd, 2012.
In the context of the G20 conference held in Montpellier on September 12-13, 2011, the French Minister of Cooperation has signed, together with the Hungarian Ambassador in Paris, the Agreement establishing the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers as an International Organization.
He has welcomed the hosting by France of the CGIAR Consortium headquarters from March 2011 owing to the synergies between the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council and the State. The Agreement, of which France is depositary, is now open for signature in Paris before its ratification.
Laszlo Trocsanyi,Hungarian Ambassador in Paris
Henri de Raincourt, French Minister of Cooperation
Carlos Perez Del Castillo, CGIAR Consortium Board Chair
The French Commission for international agricultural research (CRAI), chaired by Bernard Hubert, the Agropolis International President, has signed a declaration of intent with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) which aims to ensure more effective coordination of the efforts made by the different organizations concerned in terms of research and partnerships.
On the occasion of the G20 Conference on Agriculture Research for Development held in Montpellier on September 12 - 13, 2011, the French Commission for international agricultural research (CRAI) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have signed a common declaration of intent at Agropolis International..
Through this signature, research institutions involved in the CRAI (CIRAD, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, Agreenium) and the CGIAR Consortium commit themselves to better coordinate their efforts in order to meet global challenges such as poverty reduction, food security or natural resources management. The coordination will cover the research projects, partnerships, and strategic frameworks and visions of each party. It will also contribute to effective global coordination of agricultural research for developement.
Carlos Perez Del Castillo
CGIAR Consortium Board Chair,
Bernard Hubert, Agropolis International President
Report on the Fund council and Funders Forum meetings - April 5-7th, 2011
First consequences of the CGIAR Consortium set up in Montpellier: The Fund Council, the strategic and financial component of the new CGIAR, hold its last meeting on April 5-6, 2011 at Agropolis International. It has been immediately followed on April 7 by the 2nd Funders Forum meeting, which gathered all the entities funding CGIAR programs and activities.
On April 6th, Mrs Inger Andersen, Chair of CGIAR Fund, has invited all the participants, along with representatives of Agropolis International and regional research institutes to an informal get-together.
Inger Andersen, Chair of CGIAR Fund
Carlos Perez del Castillo, Chair of the CGIAR Consortium Board
Bernard Hubert, Chair of Agropolis International and of the French Commission for International Agricultural Research
Montpellier (France), April 6-7, 2011
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Past CGIAR Consortium meetings held in Agropolis International
Feb. 29- March 1, 2012: Board meeting, preceded by the meeting of the Directors and Presidents of the 15 international agricultural research centers.
May 5-6, 2011: Board meeting, preceded by the meeting of the Directors and Presidents of the 15 international agricultural research centers.
The aim of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is to mobilize the best international scientists in the agriculture field to ensure food security and reduce poverty through the production of global public goods to benefit developing countries.
CGIAR, which was founded in 1971, is a strategic alliance of 64 public and private donors (governments, private foundations, international organizations) that support a network of 15 international agricultural research centres. It is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank (WB). Overall, the 15 research centres employ more than 8,500 researchers and support staff in over 100 countries worldwide. In 2009, its annual budget was US$572 million.
CGIAR initiated a major reform (officially supported by the international community (see the G8 L’Aquila Declaration, July 2009) in order to boost the impact of its activities on agricultural production in developing countries, with one of the pillars being the founding of the strategic operational pilot Consortium of 15 international research centres.
Update on 4/18/13
Bernard Hubert, Agropolis International President
Sylvie Albert, Agropolis International
Nathalie Villeméjeanne, Agropolis International
Extrait du site http://www.agropolis.fr/cooperation/headquarters-cgiar-consortium.php