Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 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.

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This workshop report is a summary record from the second workshop convened by the ISPC/CSIRO Agri-food systems innovation and partnership initiative, and held from 27 to 29 June at ICRISAT in Hyderabad, India. The report attempts to capture, in brief, the deliberations of the participants, including key outcomes and follow-up actions to further the initiative’s campaign and ongoing dialogue on the reframing of the common narrative on agri-food System Innovation.

The ISPC is facilitating System-wide agreement on the nature and assessment of Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D). A small working group (WG) on QoR4D with representation from Centers, CRPs and the IEA was established late last year. This WG organized a workshop at FAO on 06-07 February 2017 with representation from across CGIAR System constituencies - key findings from those discussions are elaborated in this brief.