Report of a task force established by decision of the CGIAR in September 1977 to study what should be done to strengthen agricultural research capacity in developing countries. The task force consisted of donor representatives, and representatives of developing country agricultural research institution. The report was transmitted to the CGIAR by its chairman, Richard H. Demuth. It recommends establishment of an International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) under CGIAR auspices. The report makes recommendations with respect to the functions, financing, operations, governance, and location of the proposed service. This is a 40 page document, with eight annexes, including an exchange with the Director General of FAO about the possibility of that organization performing the functions proposed for ISNAR. The report was presented orally to a joint meeting of TAC and center directors in June 1978, and was an agenda document at the TAC Twentieth Meeting in September 1978 and the CGIAR meeting November 1978.