Series - Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research planning files

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Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research planning files


  • 1968 - 1971 (Creation)

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2.35 linear feet of textual records

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The Records Management Section maintained the records in the Central Files between 1969 and 1971 until the establishment of the semi-centralized Bank Administration and Policy (BAP) Records Stations in 1972. The records were then stored in the records center close to the Bank premises until their transfer to Archives custody after 1980 with the formal opening of the Archives repository.

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Series contains records documenting the origins and first year of operation of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) that were maintained by Central Files and created primarily by the Development Services Department (DSD) between 1969 and 1971. A single item dated 1968 is a copy of the by-laws of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CGIAR was established in May 1971 as an informal association of countries, international development agencies, and private foundations to support a network of international agricultural research centers.

Records in this series consist mostly of correspondence between Bank staff assigned responsibility for implementing proposals for CGIAR including DSD Director Richard H. Demuth and Arie Kruithoff and their counterparts at the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the individual research institutes to be financed through CGIAR, and senior managers of the Bank principally Warren C. Baum and Vice President, Operations J. Burke Knapp. A smaller volume of correspondence is from L.J.C. Evans of the Bank's Agriculture Projects Department, concerning agricultural research summary of meetings.

Other records included in the series are summaries of meetings of agricultural research institutes including the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, speeches, and study papers and reports produced by the initial agricultural research institutes funded by CGIAR including annual and financial reports. The series also consists of a set of documents on the first meeting of the CGIAR held in January 1971.

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Original order has been maintained. Records are arranged chronologically.

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Records are subject to the World Bank Access to Information Policy.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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Related units of description

  • Records of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (WB IBRD/IDA CGIAR).

  • See Oral histories: Warren Baum, Chairman of GGIAR 1974-1984, and Michael Lejeune, Executive Secretary of CGIAR 1973-1984.

  • See Records of the Office of External Relations - Documentation of institutional meetings, press conferences, and other events (WB IBRD/IDA EXT-12) for sound recordings related to CGIAR.

  • See Central Files - Operational sectors (WB IBRD/IDA ADMCF-07) for records related to lending policy, research, and other activities of the Bank's agriculture sector.

  • See Records of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector (WB IBRD/IDA AGR) for additional records related to the Bank's sector operations.

  • Records of the Consultative Group for Food Production and Investment in Developing Countries (WB IBRD/IDA CGFP).

  • Records of the secretariat of the Science Council of CGIAR are in the archives of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and the archives of the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have records relating to the creation of CGIAR and the early funding of the institutes. The United States National Archives and Records Administration has a small quantity of records on the founding of CGIAR in Record Group 286, Records of the Agency for International Development; copies of these records are in the Reference collection on World Bank history (WB IBRD/IDA REF). For current information and a selection of historical documents, consult the CGIAR website.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

03 March 2020




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