A series of Position Papers have been drafted by the CGIAR Generation
Challenge Programme (GCP) team in collaboration with external experts.
The goals are to communicate the outputs and deliverables from each
research component during 2004–2014, and to explore options for enabling
and ensuring that the potential benefits of these components will be
fully realised in the future. This paper focuses on the outputs and
options for GCP’s scientific and social network component.
GCP links basic science with applied research through a broad network of
plant scientists from diverse backgrounds, working in regional and
country research programmes and at CGIAR Centres, in academia and other
research institutes. The first GCP External Programme and Management
Review conducted in 2007 captures this ‘people’ essence of GCP in its
conclusion: \"Perhaps the most important value of GCP thus far, is the
opportunities it has provided for people of diverse backgrounds to think
collectively about solutions to complex problems and in the process to
learn from one another.\"
Indeed, formal presentations by, and informal conversations with, GCP
collaborators have both clearly confirmed that these partnerships
initiated and nurtured by GCP are greatly valued. In fact, some consider
partnerships to be the most enduring legacy of the Programme; they bring
together players in crop research that may otherwise never have worked
together, and infuse them with what was described at the 2011 General
Research Meeting as ‘the GCP spirit’.
[A link to the PDF of the draft version of this paper has been retained
in case of difficulties in reading the final e-paper version.]
GCP Management Team. White papers on GCP communications and knowledge sharing: GCP&#8217;s scientific and social network. Generation Challenge Programme, Mexico (2012) 11 pp.