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The Global Steering Group (GSG) is a policy and decision-making body whose primary role is to provide overall governance and guidance to ASB. The GSG operates as a consultative group in determining priorities for the consortium.
North-South balance in the GSG is an important asset for ASB. It helps integrate across disciplines and interests, especially the top-down aspects of global environmental concerns and the bottom-up nature of rural development.
The GSG is made of institutions that support the objectives of ASB and accept the operating principles , including international centers, national agricultural research systems (NARS), non-governmental organizations and advanced research institutes (ARIs).
The ASB Global Steering Group and scientists from the partnership, at the 2009 governance meeting in Washington DC.
Front (L-R): Dennis Garrity (ICRAF), Jonathan Haskett (ICRAF), Martin Tchienkoua (IRAD), Fahmuddin Agus (AARC/CRIFC). Middle: Miguel Barandiaran (INIA), Romolo T Aggangan (PCARRD), Joyce Kasyoki (ASB), Claudi Carvalho (EMBRAPA), Brent Swallow (University of Alberta) Rear: Robin Matthews (MLURI), Peter A Minang (ASB), Jim Gockowski (IITA), Glenn Hyman (CIAT), Cesar Sabogal (AI), Doug White (research4development&conservation), Meine van Noordwijk (ICRAF),
Currently, the institutions represented on the GSG are:
- Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (AARD), Indonesia
- Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), Brazil
- Institut de Recherche Agricole pour le Dévéloppement (IRAD), Cameroon
- Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria, (INIA), Peru
- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Philippines
- Royal Forest Department (RFD), Thailand
- International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
- The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT (TSBF)
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
- Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI)
MembershipGSG membership remains flexible with pragmatic criteria based on the following guidelines:
- Strong interest, active participation and a demonstration of sustainable involvement in the consortium;
- Implementation of ASB activities at the national and regional levels;
- Contribution to thematic activities; and
- Ability to contribute to core funding in different dimensions.
ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities of the ASB GSG include:
- Approval of the annual Programme of Work and Budget presented by the ASB Coordinator.
- Allocation of restricted and unrestricted funds.
- Appointing the ASB Global Coordinator.
The Chair of the GSG facilitates the governance of ASB. Since 2003, the Chair is elected on a 2 year basis, on rotation among the CGIAR institutions in the GSG. Currently, ICRAF is serving as Chair of GSG in 2009-2010.
The Chair convenes the GSG meetings on a regular basis and presides at these meetings. The GSG seeks decisions through consensus-building.
Whenever possible, in conjunction with a regular GSG meeting, time will be allocated to discussion of ASB science to facilitate integration and synergies across partners, places and scales of operation.
- Networking: GSG meetings allow for exchange between scientists working at the different sites and globally. Site visits are normally part of these them, they often lead to breakthroughs in ASB partners' own work and help to build professional respect, trust and friendships with one another.
- Evolution: GSG meetings have evolved in function: from specific project-based discussions in early years, to scientific sharing across regions, and planning global synthesis efforts under the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
- Observers: ASB convenes an external advisory group to provide feedback about ASB's work programme and strategic direction. External voices add a much-valued outside perspective on ASB's findings, pathways for impact and relevance within the broader scientific community.