Rice production in Eastern Uruguay.Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT



The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) is a standing panel of scientific experts who work to strengthen the quality, relevance, and impact of CGIAR science. The ISPC provides independent advice and expertise to the funders of CGIAR and serves as an intellectual bridge between the funders and CGIAR.

2016 Highlights

Program Review: The ISPC commissioned 50 in-depth reviews of the eight CGIAR agri-food system programs, four integrating programs, and three coordinating platforms. The process followed international standards of peer review, with a range of experts assessing either individual proposals or cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender) across all proposals. The criteria used in the assessments were published in the original ‘Call’ document, and ISPC Council members served as a moderating panel.

Science Forum 2016: The biennial ISPC Science Forum brings together scientists,  practitioners,  policymakers and funders to examine emerging challenges and recent scientific advances, identify key researchable issues where there is real potential to deliver impacts on development goals, and form new partnerships to address them.

In 2016, 200 participants gathered in Addis Ababa for the ISPC’s fourth Science Forum on ‘Agricultural research for rural prosperity: Rethinking the pathways’. Co-hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the event encouraged reflection on the pathways for agricultural research to stimulate inclusive development of rural economies in an era of climate change. Papers generated during Science Forum 2016 on the causality along impact pathways, from agricultural research to poverty reduction, will be published in a special issue of Agricultural Systems later in 2017.

“The ISPC was impressed by the significant progress made by CGIAR Research Centers to deliver integrated research outputs, which are essential for contributing evidence to achieving the CGIAR Strategy and Results Framework 2016- 2030. The ISPC would like to congratulate all those involved in the preparation of the full proposals on the progress made in such a short time and to recognize the huge effort involved.”

Maggie Gill
ISPC Chair