There is “some truth” in Pingali’s criticisms, says Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka, one of the CGIAR’s centres. But he says that he and others developing the reforms have deliberately not presented specific ideas so that the conference participants, including farmers, can have input into the strategy. “For us this is an early stage in the reform process, although the donors think we have been at it for a while,” he says.

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