In DepthFood Security

Global agricultural research network is overhauled again

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Science  04 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6252, pp. 1037
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6252.1037

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Summary

A key guardian of global food security is looking shaky. Funding for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the world's premier group of agricultural research centers, is sagging in the global economic downturn. Its flagship backer—the World Bank—threatened to pull the plug on its contributions. And now CGIAR is about to undergo internal convulsions: It's reorganizing for the second time in just 5 years. Backers say the move will give CGIAR a more coherent strategy and make the most of available funding. Critics argue that greater effort should go into securing stable funding and prioritizing research.