Dear Dr. Jones and Dr. Holderness,
I take this opportunity to thank you and your Chairman and the colleagues for giving me an opportunity to attend the GCARD meeting held in Montpellier in March 2010. I also wish to take this opportunity to compliment all of you for organising this meeting so effectively by involving different stakeholders. This is probably the best meetings of CGIAR I have ever attended because of the diversity and opportunity for everyone to contribute.
I also feel that restructuring of the programme of CGIAR under the leadership of GFAR provides an excellent opportunity for the Civil Society Organisations to associate with the programme who can play significant role in effectively transferring technologies from research institutions to small farmers.
I am happy to inform you that BAIF is a reputed CSO, working in India since 42 years for promoting sustainable development of natural resources while providing livelihood to over 3 million small farmers. BAIF is currently associated with ICRISAT and ILRI and we hope we will have opportunities to work with other international research institutions as well in the years to come.
I take this opportunity to invite you to visit us at your earliest convenience.
With best regards,
DR. N.G. HEGDE
Trustee and Principal Adviser
BAIF Development Research Foundation