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.
The CGIAR is seeking nominations for two positions in its Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC). The ISPC consists of a Chair and 4 members, all identified through an international search by an independent selection committee of experts established for the purpose by the CGIAR Fund Council. For more information, visit the CGIAR Fund announcement.
Read the latest newsletter from Chair of ISPC, Kenneth Cassman, as he reflects on ISPC activities in 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.
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 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.
Visit the website for more information: http://www.scienceforum13.org/
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.
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".
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.