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The Global Initiative on Late Blight


, : The Global Initiative on Late Blight. Phytopathology 93(6 Supplement): S116, June

The Global Initiative on Late Blight (GILB) began in 1996 with a stakeholder organizational meeting at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru. The idea was promoted by CIP in an effort to coordinate and facilitate research on late blight and leverage new funding for an expanded international research agenda. Since it's inception, GILB has organized 2 successful international symposia on late blight, and provided or secured funding for many participants from less-developed countries. As an information provider, GILB has produced trimester newsletters, published annual reports and several technical documents, and maintained a dynamic web page. In its first years, GILB provided some seed money for critical research, and sponsored meetings for regional GILB nodes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Unfortunately, within the framework of GILB, large amounts of funding for a coordinated effort to solve the late blight problem were never raised. This talk analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of GILB and explores an appropriate role for the initiative in the future.

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