Central Asia Livestock Regional Assesment Workshop
Communication Team ICARDA. (31/3/1996). Central Asia Livestock Regional Assesment Workshop. United States of America.
This year has been one of change. In 1995 Dr. John Lewis, the Director of the Ofice of Agriculture and Food Security at USAID, asked the SR-CRSP to reengineer our programs and its structure to respond to USAID's new vision. We initiated the process at Winrock in May of 1995. We convened some of the best people in the field of livestock development from US Universities, the CG system, NARS, and the private sector to develop a plan for the renewal of the SR-CRSP. At that meeting, we decided to take some new directions and those new directions required a broader focus on more than just small ruminants, hence the SR-CRSP will become the Global Livestock CRSP in 1998. The reengineering proceeded at a rapid pace through the year, involving Advisory Panel meetings to set broad agendas and approve the process, three regional workshops that set regional priorities, a call for Assessment Team (AT) proposals, the selection of ten ATs, and one the continuing team, an AT workshop at University of California, Davis and the initiation of AT fieldwork. The details of the process I describe below, but the impact is that our CRSP is now active in Central Asia, East Africa, and Latin America with sixteen US universities, six foreign universities, ten foreign research institutes, five IARCs, five NGOs, two NARs, six private sector companies, three other CRSPs, and the USDA. We are taking on livestock to address economic growth, impact on the environment, and the role of animal products in the development of children. With growing concern about the environment and population, the importance of agriculture to the developing countries increases. This view is reflected in Figure 1. The assumption of this conceptual model is that for democracy to develop and be maintained, three elements must be in place. First, economic growth must provide the majority
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