FLAR receives in-kind support through the usage of CIAT's facilities and its access to the CGIAR's network of personnel and germplasm exchanges.
In this way, FLAR has saved itself cumbersome negotiations; this was a provision that all prosepective members could easily agree on.
The actual functioning of FLAR features a revelation mechanism of sorts: members can get more out of FLAR through supplementary investments, such as sending additional experts to meetings in excess of the amount of delegates required.
FLAR members differ vastly not only in terms of output but also in terms of R&D capabilities.
The key relationship-specific investment in FLAR is the sharing of PGR.
FLAR has an arrangement in place, which roughly--but only roughly--follows this principle.
Neyman does not explicitly model uncertain payoffs that vary from one period to the next--as in FLAR (8) and most real-world games--but his result should be generalizable to this case.
How to construct the big-picture game in the FLAR case?
A representative's set of actions can be reduced to four levels of participation: (I) none; (II) support FLAR at level close to its minimal critical mass, with limited sharing of PGR, data, and expertise; (III) support common FLAR budget at level close to its minimal critical mass but with supplementary investments to enhance technology transfer and with more extensive sharing; and (IV) support FLAR at high level, maximizing joint payoff, with extensive sharing.
For example, own-institution bias implies a divergence between the interests of a country's rice sector and its FLAR representative: while the former receives PD payoffs, the latter (the actual player) perceives it would be made worse off by increases in overall participation to Levels III and IV, as these would strengthen FLAR too much.
Every year, players may leave or join FLAR (implying another adjustment in payoffs: a change from or to Level I is costly) and make decisions on the sharing of PGR and other resources; members can renegotiate the FLAR agreement, increasing or decreasing their support.
The personal leadership of Scobie and Sanint may have been crucial for the formation of FLAR.