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by Durga Bernhard

Transition strategy

Drafted in May 2010, the Transition strategy was submitted to the CGIAR Consortium Board in May 2010, in response to the CGIAR reform ongoing at the time, while also articulating how the Programme will be brought to an orderly close.

Download the GCP Transition strategy 2011–2013 (May 2010); also download the 20112013 GCP Medium-Term Plan, which outlines GCP's workplan up to 2013, and complements the Transition Strategy.

by Durga BernhardProduct delivery strategy

GCP is keen to ensure that its research products can and will be adopted, adapted, and applied for the ultimate benefit of resource-poor farmers. GCP aims to catalyse interactions between the various players that are needed to bridge the gap between strategic research in advanced labs and user communities...

Download the icon GCP Delivery Strategy 2005 (64.31 kB)

Our rationale and how-to on project Delivery Plans

by Durga Bernhard

Strategic framework

2007: GCP's founding document (drafted in 2003) provided a clear path for getting GCP up and running. However, by GCP's third year in 2007, critical questions were being raised regarding how GCP should balance its support between increasing scientific knowledge and delivering impacts to the resource-poor, and subsequently, how it should select and prioritise the regions and crops it supports. To deal with these questions, GCP's Management Team determined that a 'strategic framework' outlining GCP's internal reflections on its mission, structure, research approach and resource allocation at that point in its development would be useful.

Download the icon GCP Strategic Framework (242.4 kB)

by Durga BernhardProduct management, delivery and distribution strategy

How does GCP define products and users?

GCP's Strategic Framework (2007) requires a clear definition of GCP products, singling out products that guarantee useful returns on value-adding investments. Read more


GCP target environments

In 2006, GCP’s management team commissioned a study on targeting impacts in the GCP. This study identifies the farming systems that are characterised by the highest levels of poverty, together with the crops grown in these systems. Crop production is represented in both tons and hectares, from which the relative importance of each crop to food security and income generation can be inferred. The study has provided much food for thought for the management team as to how to implement this Strategic Framework.

Related journal article: Strategic approaches to targeting technology generation: Assessing the coincidence of poverty and drought-prone crop production. View the abstract

icon poster | icon Pathways to impact: Brief No 1: Where in the world do we start?

by Durga Bernhard

At foundation

In 2003, a proposal to establish GCP was submitted by 10 institutes, comprising three CGIAR Centres (CIMMYT, Bioversity and IRRI) and seven other institutes – Agropolis (France), the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University (USA), EMBRAPA (Brazil), John Innes Centre (UK), the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Japan) and Wageningen University and Reseach Centre (The Netherlands). Download the icon GCP proposal (1.81 MB)