ASB has a multi-layer structure. Coordination and facilitation are provided by the ASB global coordination office, ASB regional facilitators and ASB national facilitators. The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has hosted the global coordination office since inception, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Global Steering Group (GSG)
The ASB Global Steering Group (GSG) is the main 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. The GSG is comprised of representatives from four Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres, the James Hutton Institute, and seven national agricultural research systems (see sidebar on the right).
The Chair convenes the GSG meetings annually and as necessary. The GSG seeks decisions by building consensus. The GSG meetings help to provide guidance on science policies, budget and fundraising strategies.
GSG 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 cross-cutting ASB activities; and
- Ability to contribute to core funding in different dimensions.