CGIAR's biennial flagship Forum was held in Bonn, Germany, 23–25 September 2013

Science Forum 2013 summary is now available online 

ISPC 9th Meeting

Click here for the draft version of the text ISPC meeting agenda, to be held in Washington DC (USA), at IFPRI Headquarters, from 12 to 14 March 2014.

Special edition of Crop Science journal

This special issue highlights papers illustrating topics and outcomes from Science Forum 2009.

NRMR Stripe Review

The NRMR Stripe Review aims at providing the CG Centers, the Consortium and the Donors with perspective on the factors which influence achieving impact at scale from NRM research, sharing insights helpful to assist in developing quality programmes.

Read more on the NRMR Stripe Review

Strategic Study on Conservation Agriculture

The ISPC announces the release of the Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture – a consensus statement from a group of 39 scientists (with more expected to sign over the coming days) from a range of disciplines and international agricultural research and development organizations. Having discussed and debated the scientific evidence regarding conservation agriculture for small-scale, resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, we formulated negotiated and agreed this 13-point statement.

CGIAR Research Programs

ISPC Comments on CRPs in Advice to the Fund Council

Follow our contribution to the CGIAR Change Management process in Advice to the CGIAR.

Welcome to the ISPC

The Independent Science and Partnership Council is a standing panel of world-class scientific experts. Our aim is to strengthen the quality, relevance, and impact of science in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations.

We advise CGIAR funders on strategic scientific issues and harness the best of global science to support the goals of the international agricultural research community. Find out more About Us.



Letter from the Chair of the ISPC

Read the latest newsletter from the ex-Chair of ISPC, Kenneth Cassman, as he reflects on ISPC activities in the second half of 2013.

Science Forum 2011 - Special Feature in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA

Selected papers presented at the most recent Science Forum held in October 2011 in Beijing on the “Agriculture-Environment Nexus” have recently been published as a Special Feature in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA). The papers in this special feature collectively consider how agricultural science is responding to environmental challenges and highlight innovations in agriculture that could contribute to producing more food without increasing environmental pressures. The papers, together with an introduction by Ken Cassman, ISPC Chair and Jeff Sayer, ISPC Council member, can be accessed here.

New ISPC Council member announced

The ISPC is pleased to announce a new ISPC Council Member, Professor Takuji Sasaki of Japan, will join the Council with immediate effect for an initial period of two years. As Vice President of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Japan, Prof. Takuji led the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project with the goal of producing the complete sequence of the rice genome. He has also served as principal coordinator of the "Genomics for Agricultural Innovation" project conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. He is currently Professor at the NODAI Research Institute of the Tokyo University of Agriculture, where his research focuses agro-economics, crop molecular biology, and genetics and genomic analysis of rice.

Farm Size and Urbanization Study

How are trends in urbanization and changes in farm and animal herd sizes affecting agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia? What impact does this have on local and regional economies, on trade and on poverty?  And what are the implications of these important changes on the agricultural research agenda of the CGIAR?

Read more to access commissioned paper and analysis

Science Forum 2013 

Science Forum 2013 will focus on “Nutrition and health outcomes: targets for agricultural research” to be held from Sept 23-25 in Bonn, Germany. Its objective is to identify new scientific approaches and new partnerships, through which the agricultural community can add most value to the delivery of nutrition and health outcomes. The Science Forum will provide an opportunity for scientists to explore the nexus of agriculture, health and nutrition with external experts from these fields.

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A Stripe Review of Natural Resources Management Research in the CGIAR

The Natural Resources Management (NRM) Research Stripe Review was designed to provide the Consortium leadership, CRP and Center management, and donors with insights that may facilitate the design and implementation of future successful NRM programs – programs that can produce international public goods and achieve impact at scale. The present report seeks to identify conceptual and operational issues that still require attention from CRP leaders, CGIAR Centers, the Consortium and the Fund Council, in order to develop research that will meet CGIAR system-level outcomes.

Insights from the CGIAR Science Forum 2011

The ISPC mobilizes science for development by promoting international dialogue on critical and emerging issues. It works to foster partnership between the CGIAR and collaborators worldwide. The biennial CGIAR Science Forum is a meeting place for scientific exchange between CGIAR research centers and current potential partners. It is an opportunity for scientists to come together and examine emerging challenges, identify key research issues, and establish strategic alliances to address them. To this end, the theme of Science Forum 2011 focused on the "Environment-Agriculture Nexus".


Measuring the Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Research: Theory and Applications to CGIAR Research

This report examines at the challenges and opportunities for measuring environmental impacts from agricultural research; summarizes experience from four recent case-studies led by CGIAR centers; and presents new estimates of the impact of the Green Revolution on long-run global land-cover change.

The Impacts of CGIAR Research: A review of recent evidence
Authors: Renkow, M. and D. Byerlee
How successful have the CGIAR Centers been in pursuing the System's core missions? This review covers evidence dating back to 2000 and charts the impact of research contributions at local, national, and international levels.