New CGIAR Portfolio Approved
6 October 2016

At the end of September 2016, the CGIAR System Council approved a new portfolio of 11 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and three research Platforms, effective January 2017. 

The approval of a more coherent and integrated portfolio of second-generation CRPs was the culmination of a 1.5-year process, in which CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) reviewed the CRP and platform pre-proposals, full proposals, and final revised proposals, assessing them for relevance and pro-poor impacts. The assessments, a summary table, and a cover letter are available here

ISPC Chair Maggie Gill presented an overview of the process and the assessments at the second CGIAR System Council Meeting in Mexico City on September 25, for discussion and ultimate approval by the Council. 

DIIVA project book
23 September 2016

Edited by Tom Walker and Jeff Alwang, Crop Improvement, Adoption and Impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa (CABI) is the result of a major follow-up effort on the Evenson and Gollin baseline. Funded by the BMGF, DIIVA greatly advanced our knowledge of varietal adoption and diffusion in SSA. You can purchase the book from the CABI site or read the PDF on the IMPACT website here.

SPIA workshops and meetings on the sidelines of AAEA Boston
2 September 2016

SPIA organized three events in tandem with AAEA 2016 (Boston). On July 29th (Fri), a day-long IAFP meeting; and, on July 30th (Sat), a mid-term workshop on the long-term/large-scale studies funded by SPIA. Following the AAEA (July 31st-August 2nd), on August 3rd (Wed) and 4th August (Thurs), SPIA, MSU and PIM organized a workshop on recent developments in measuring adoption of agricultural technologies. All event details on this page. There were also a number of sessions and panel discussions by SPIA collaborators during the AAEA: Alain de Janvry (Univ. of Berkeley), Jeff Michler (Univ. of Illinois, session 2074), and Jeff Alwang (Virginia Tech - session 2104 and session 2131) relating to impact assessments in the CGIAR.

You might also be interested in the Learning for adopting workshop jointly organized by FERDI, CERDI, and SPIA in June 2016. The website includes papers Alain de Janvry referred to in his AAEA presentation.

Science Forum 2016: 12-14 April, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
27 April 2016

Approximately 200 people gathered in Addis Ababa to participate in the 2016 Science Forum (SF16) on “Agricultural research for rural prosperity: Rethinking the pathways.” Day 1 took stock of learning, zooming in on research pathways around poverty alleviation, climate change and gender. Breakout groups looked at pathways for specific commodities. A knowledge marketplace at the ILRI campus (host to a dozen research groups and partners) gave participants opportunities to see and hear about different pathways, on the ground. Day 2 looked at different regional experiences, discussing the changing drivers and partnerships and what they mean for agricultural research. Dedicated sessions provided “deep dives” into climate change and understanding impact delivery from agricultural research. Day three brought the insights together with panels identifying take-away messages and directions for research and the challenge of getting evidence into policy use. Visit the SF16 website for news, interviews, presentations and background papers.

Workshop report - Growth corridors in African agriculture
7 February 2016

An ISPC workshop on “Corridors, Clusters, and Spatial Development Initiatives in African Agriculture” was held on 30 November 2015 as a side event of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture in Africa in close collaboration with NEPAD-CAADP and the European Centre for Development Policy Management. The workshop brought together some of the key institutions and researchers that are active on this topic, with the objectives of understanding the current state of thinking in research and policy circles, and to help define how best the ISPC might contribute through its strategic study on corridors and spatial development initiatives in African Agriculture. The workshop report is available here and the final ISPC-commissioned paper is under publication (soon available online).

New Executive Director, ISPC Secretariat
5 February 2016

The ISPC is delighted to announce the appointment of Leslie Lipper as the new Executive Director of the Secretariat. Leslie has been a senior environmental economist in the Agriculture and Development Economics Division at FAO for the past 10 years, leading a program of applied research and policy analysis related to sustainable agricultural development. Focus areas have included analytical work on seed systems, crop genetic diversity and sustainable intensification, payments for environmental services in agricultural landscapes and climate change, agriculture and food security. For the past five years Leslie has led the  Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate smart agriculture (EPIC) programme at FAO, which develops concepts, methods and country support work on climate smart agriculture. She has published extensively, and is a lead author on the FAO 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report on climate change, agriculture and food security, as well as two recent FAO reports on the topic: Climate Smart Agriculture: policies, practices and financing for food security, adaptation and mitigation (2010) and Food Security and Agricultural Mitigation in Developing Countries: Options for Capturing Synergies (2009). Leslie holds a doctorate in Agricultural and Resource Economics (University of California at Berkeley), an M.S in International Agricultural Development (University of California at Davis) and a B.A. International Relations (UC Davis).



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.