Report of the TAC fact finding mission in April 1989 to the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP) chaired by C. T. de Wit. INIBAP was one of ten nonassociated centers being considered for sponsorship by the CGIAR. Missions to these centers were to provide TAC with the information required for recommending whether the Group should incorporate the center.
The report described INIBAP's history, mandate and strategy. A number of research activities were examined, including germplasm improvement and pathology,. The potential results and impact of the young network were considered. An overview of INIBAP's governance and management structure included descriptions of its methods of operation and its relations with other institutions, including national and regional research institutions and IARCs. A profile of the Network's physical, human, and financial resources followed. The report concluded by relaying issues and concerns expressed by INIBAP regarding the maturation of its operations, and development of in-house research capacity and of a deeper understanding of farmers' needs. No recommendations were included.
One of nine such reports considered in closed session at TAC 49. This is a revised version. The annexes of the original version, omitted from the revision, have been added here.