Giving The Green Light To The Green Revolution

It's a pity your otherwise good story "The next green revolution" (Cover Story, Apr. 12) didn't give more credit where it was due and didn't put the issues in a truly global context. The first green revolution was largely the work of crop breeders at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Although the World Bank is a co-sponsor and provides a chair and a secretariat, the CGIAR is not part of the World Bank. The group gets additional sponsorship from three U.N. agencies (Food & Agriculture Organization, U.N. Development Program, and U.N. Environment Program) and is financed by more than 50 countries.

The CGIAR still exists and continues its work as genomic science and intellectual property issues evolve. The developing world, which has most of the world's farmers and from which most of the planet's biodiversity springs, will surely have a say in whether private profit will triumph over public good.

Paul O'Nolan

The Hague

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