The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) is a part of the CGIAR, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with its funders. Our overall goal is to determine the major threats to meeting the food production needs of the future and to define the research agenda that will provide solutions to the major long-term problems facing our world: hunger and poverty; nutrition and health; rural livelihood and inequity; and the environmental sustainability of tomorrow's food system. We summarize this as 'food for people, environment for people and policies for people'. 

The ISPC’s overarching purpose is to provide independent advice and expertise to the funders of the CGIAR System Organization through services to the System Council. It also serves as an intellectual bridge between the funders and System entities.   

We operate in five main areas of activity:

· Agri-Food System Innovation and Partnership 

· Foresight and Prioritization 

· Impact Assessment 

· Independent Program review

· Science Dialogue

WORKPLAN AND BUDGET

Each year, the ISPC presents a Work Plan and Budget, for the endorsement of the Fund Council, for new as well as ongoing activities.

For more information see:

ISPC 2017 Work Plan: In Brief

ISPC Theory of Change: In Brief

NEWS

ISPC MEETINGS

The fifteenth meeting of the ISPC was held from 04-05 April 2017 in Rome, Italy.

The fourteenth meeting of the ISPC was held from 14-16 September 2016 at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, India.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

This Summary Report of Science Forum 2016 (SF16)  held from 12-14 April 2016 in Addis Ababa summarizes the Plenary and Breakout sessions of the event. The objective of SF16  was to reassess the pathways for agricultural research to stimulate inclusive development of rural economies in an era of climate change. Nearly 200 participants from around the globe representing the CGIAR and research organizations attended SF16.

For each of its Science Fora, the ISPC has developed a special issue journal publication to inform CGIAR research and the field at large. This Brief highlights key messages from a Special Issue Workshop held after Science Forum 16.