Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 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. 

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.