By SENIORL ANZU
NARI director-general Dr Raghunath Ghodake has been appointed as a member of the CGIAR Fund council. The fund council of CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a 22-member apex body responsible for allocating research funds to international agricultural research centres and national research and development organisations.
CGIAR, established in 1971, is a strategic partnership, whose 64 members support 15 international agricultural research centres, working in collaboration with many hundreds of government and civil society organisations as well as private businesses around the world.
CGIAR members include 21 developing and 26 industrialised countries, four co-sponsors as well as 13 international organisations. Today, more than 8,000 CGIAR scientists and staff are active in over 100 countries throughout the world.
In making this announcement, NARI council chairman Dr John Kola congratulated Dr Ghodake on his well deserved and internationally recognised appointment.
Dr Ghodake has wide experience and knowledge of agricultural research for development issues at the national and international levels. He has long standing in the international community in science, technology and agricultural development, and represents on a number of boards, consortia and associations.
Dr Kola said Dr Ghodake has contributed immensely in different forums and networks, including at the global arena, which has placed PNG on the world map in the field of agricultural science and technology.