This work stream will provide strategic foresight at the system level, analyzing ongoing trends and risks in the field of agricultural research for development, and coordinating and enhancing coherence among system entities. The strategic studies and trend analyses conducted by the ISPC inform the CGIAR System Organization of new trends and emerging issues in agricultural science and in the wider development arena (including types of, and approaches to, partnerships). Results from these studies can help steer the current CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) toward unexplored questions and new partnerships, or identify areas where new research programs or program components would be needed. The results of these foresight activities will help inform the System Council in the revision of the Strategic Results Framework and will contribute to the relevance and prioritization of CGIAR research.

The issue of prioritization has been the subject of much discussion and analysis in recent years. It has become clear there is a need for system-wide consultation on prioritization as well as expert analysis of certain key issues. Toward this end, the ISPC is launching a two-year program consisting of strategic studies, workshops, and consultations to support system-wide dialogue and consensus on CGIAR prioritization approaches.



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.