Mark Holderness, Executive Secretary of GFAR, opened Day 3 of the conference by calling upon the participants for decisive collection action: “We’ve set the theme over the last two days. I can see you are all fired up to do something; now is your chance.”
Dr. Mahmoud Solh, Director General of ICARDA, affirmed the need for feedback from stakeholders to develop the CGIAR mega-programmes based on demand, not supply. “It has been a long journey, but now we must focus on where we go next,” he said.
Eight parallel sessions, outlined below, mapped proposed thematic areas for the large-scale CGIAR collective action programmes. (Unfortunately the summary of the “Forests and Trees” session is not available.)