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 four main areas of activity:

· Strategy & Trends 

· Independent Program Review 

· Mobilizing Science and Partnerships 

· Impact Assessment

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.

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This document presents the ISPC’s 2017 Work Plan and Budget.

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

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

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.