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40th Anniversary Celebration of the CGIAR – Program

 Preston Auditorium, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 9:15 a.m.


The Preston Auditorium is expected to be filled.  The audience will include CGIAR Consortium and Fund Council representatives, Directors General of Centers, agricultural research partners, IFPRI Center staff, past CGIAR chairs, World Bank staff, and other external guests.  In addition, the event will be webcast for the benefit of staff at all CGIAR Centers and other partners.

Mr. Zoellick, Ms. Andersen, Mr. Shah, and Mr. Castañeda, will be on stage in the Preston Auditorium, with the podium stage right. A backdrop will feature an image of the 40th anniversary of CGIAR.

Overall Objectives:

  • To celebrate CGIAR’s tremendous achievements in agricultural research over the past 40 years
  • To showcase, through the launch of a CGIAR Research Program (CRP), how the CGIAR has repositioned itself to continue to address emerging challenges for the next 40 years
  • To reiterate the World Bank’s and other donors’/partners’ support to the CGIAR in its drive to enhance food security



9:15 a.m. Roger V. Morier – Call to order and introduces Inger
9:15 a.m. Inger Andersen: Welcome remarks

  • Introduction of other platform personnel and introduction of each as they speak
  • Introduction of the short video preceding Mr. Zoellick’s remarks.
9:20 a.m. Video Presentation – The Story of the Start of the CGIAR, as told by Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara
9:30 a.m. Inger Andersen: Invitation to Mr. Zoellick to make remarks (approximately 10 minutes)

  • Focus on state of food security, role of WB and challenge to CG
9:40 a.m. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID invited to make remarks (TBC)

  • On behalf of developed country partners of the CG
  • USAID’s efforts re: food security
9:50 a.m. Mariano Ruiz-Funes, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico, invited to make brief remarks

  • On behalf of the developing country partners of the CGIAR
  • Mexico’s commitment to combating food insecurity
9:55 a.m. Presentation by the CGIAR Fund Office to Mr. Zoellick, Mr. Shah, and Mr. Castañeda of a book produced for the 40th anniversary of the CGIAR
10:00 a.m. Mr. Zoellick’s departure from Preston Auditorium. Platform personnel change
Launch of MAIZE CRP
10:05 a.m. Introductory remarks by Inger Andersen, Chair, Fund Council

  • Will emphasize the role and responsibility of donors in new compact
10:15 a.m. Remarks by Carlos Perez del Castillo, Board Chair, Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers

  • Introduction of other platform personnel and introduction of each as they speak
  • Introduction of the exciting new CGIAR Research Program portfolio and makes the link to MAIZE
10:25 a.m. Video: African farmer and Asian farmer

  • Will emphasize perspective of farmers in developing countries in regard to food security issues
  • A view from the ground
10:35 a.m. Remarks by Ephraim Mukisira, Director, KARI

  • Will emphasize the need for cooperation to address complex challenges of food security
  • No one organization can do it alone
10:45 a.m. Launch of MAIZE Program, Tom Lumpkin, DG, CIMMYT

  • Will explain the composition of the plan including how it was developed, how it will be managed, and what the overall goals are
  • Will emphasize the need for cooperation and commitment over a long period of time
  • Will emphasize the immense challenge – but we can address it if we act now
10:55 a.m. Closing Remarks by Jonathan Wadsworth, Executive Secretary, Fund Council and Head of Fund Office