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Japan has announced that it is planning to cut funding for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) by almost half, from last year’s US$29 million.

CGIAR’s 16 institutes form the main global network of research centres that address the agricultural needs of poor countries.

One such research centre, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, now faces staff cuts of over 20 per cent. “Japan had been our largest and most faithful donor,“ says Ron Cantrell, the institute’s director.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 416, 777 (2002)