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.

Upcoming and recent events:



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.


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.