The CGIAR’s ability to contribute to development impact needs to be grounded in an understanding of how these processes work, and on the identification and adoption of practices that enable it to do so. The creation of a scientific basis to link innovation practice to development impact is thus of particular importance to the CGIAR as a science organization, and is critical to the ISPC’s role in providing advice on AR4D and partnership strategies.

Consequently, this ISPC work stream supports the development of agri-food system innovation and partnership policy and practice guidance, based on analyses and interactions that reveal the scope of change processes at play, how these unfold over time, and their relationship to the scale and nature of impact achieved.

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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 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.