The fifteenth meeting of the ISPC was held from 04-05 April 2017 in Rome, Italy.
The CGIAR’s ability to contribute to development impact needs to be grounded in an understanding of how these processes work, and on the identification and adoption of practices that enable it to do so. The creation of a scientific basis to link innovation practice to development impact is thus of particular importance to the CGIAR as a science organization, and is critical to the ISPC’s role in providing advice on AR4D and partnership strategies.
Consequently, this ISPC work stream supports the development of agri-food system innovation and partnership policy and practice guidance, based on analyses and interactions that reveal the scope of change processes at play, how these unfold over time, and their relationship to the scale and nature of impact achieved.
This ISPC commented study examines two distinct partnership domains: Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) in Agricultural Research for Development and Global MSPs approaches. It develops a framework of Partnership and Innovation Modes to assist the CGIAR in embedding its work within the wider architecture of partnership, platforms, and networks that will be required to tackle global scale challenges.
The ISPC Secretariat has an ongoing collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to explore the nature of agri-food system innovation, the role of research within this system, and the way different types of innovation processes lead to impact. This brief summarizes the outcomes of a December 2016 workshop in Canberra, Australia to identify limitations and missed impact opportunities of current agri-food innovation systems arrangements; to consider the nature of frameworks and tools needed to advance innovation and impact; and to develop a road map on how these could be co-developed to best meet the needs of different AR4D stakeholder groups.