Research Quality at ICRISAT: Separating the grain from the chaff uri icon


  • The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is one of theagriculture research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research(CGIAR), which is an informal association of over 50 members that supports a network of 15international research centers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The CGIAR aims, through itssupport to the Centers, to contribute to promoting sustainable agriculture for food security indeveloping countries. Because the Centers constitute the core of the CGIAR, the effectiveness ofICRISAT and other Centers is crucial to the continued success of the CGIAR as a system. The CGIARhas established a tradition of external reviews to provide a mechanism of transparency andaccountability to the members and other stakeholders of the CGIAR. The monitoring of quality ofscience is important to ensure that the Centers are producing transparent and quality research outputsthat align with the agenda of the CGIAR. External Program Reviews (EPR) provide a measure ofcentral oversight and serve as an essential component of the CGIAR?s accountability system. Itcomplements the Center Commissioned External Reviews (CCERs) by providing a CGIARcommissionedcomprehensive external assessment of the Center?s program and management,especially its relevance and quality of research and future directions. These reviews assess themission, priorities and strategies, relevance and quality of science, effectiveness and efficiency ofresearch leadership and program management and accomplishments and impact

publication date

  • 2006