The Minutes of the Center Directors Meeting, October1987, record a number of initiatives undertaken by Center Directors. These include a meeting of training officers for the purpose of learning and working together more effectively, highlights of a center-wide genetic resources meeting calling for enhanced collaboration with NARS, as well as storage and maintenance of collections, duplication of materials and work on wild species. Other initiatives include the formation of a public awareness council and a conference on inter-center linkages with the private sector. Biotechnology, patents, legal regulations are also discussed.
Reports of the various subcommittees are included in the minutes. The Africa Committee provides an update on ongoing projects, a discussion on meeting African priorities and the World Bank’s focus on institution building expanding the role of African institutions beyond adaptive downstream research to include technology generation as well.
The Minutes also record a decision by Center Directors on a common policies with respect to plant genetic resource activities in the CGIAR.