This workshop report is a summary record from the second workshop convened by the ISPC/CSIRO Agri-food systems innovation and partnership initiative, and held from 27 to 29 June at ICRISAT in Hyderabad, India. The report attempts to capture, in brief, the deliberations of the participants, including key outcomes and follow-up actions to further the initiative’s campaign and ongoing dialogue on the reframing of the common narrative on agri-food System Innovation.
The ISPC is facilitating System-wide agreement on the nature and assessment of Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D). A small working group (WG) on QoR4D with representation from Centers, CRPs and the IEA was established late last year. This WG organized a workshop at FAO on 06-07 February 2017 with representation from across CGIAR System constituencies - key findings from those discussions are elaborated in this brief.
The fifteenth meeting of the ISPC was held from 04-05 April 2017 in Rome, Italy.
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.
Following SF 2016, the ISPC conducted an evaluation of the Forum to assist in planning and modeling future events more successfully. An online participant survey was carried out and citation analyses were done for the papers published in the special issues after the previous three SFs.
Over the past several years, one of the major areas of work for SPIA has been an effort to advance the evidence base and for impact assessments in previously under-evaluated areas of CGIAR research. SPIA’s goal has been to expand impact assessment beyond the narrow domain of crop germplasm improvement where most ex post impact assessments (epIAs) have traditionally concentrated. Accordingly, SPIA has sought to assess the evidence for impact in key areas of CGIAR research effort: irrigation and water management, livestock management, policy-oriented research, natural resource management, agro-forestry, and in-situ conservation of biodiversity. This Brief is based on Jutzi and Rich (2016) review of the impact assessment work on livestock and livestock-related research in the CGIAR.