2014
Joint A4NH/ISPC nutrition workshop
25 September 2014

The joint A4NH/ISPC workshop on nutrition was recently held at IFPRI Headquarters in Washington, DC on 22-23 September 2014. This was a follow-up workshop to the 2013 Science Forum that focused on “Nutrition and Health Outcomes: Targets for Agricultural Research”. The main purpose of this invitation-only workshop was to inform the second round of CRP proposals in terms of delivering improved nutrition outcomes from agricultural research. The workshop had two themes for discussion: "Research to increase access to an affordable, nutritious and safe diet" and “Evaluating the impact of agricultural interventions and investments on nutrition”. View the agenda and presentations from the workshop here.

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
5 September 2014

The Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is inviting expressions of interest in studies that seek to measure the impacts of widely-adopted CGIAR research-related interventions. Last date: 5pm CET, 13 October 2014. More information in the call document.

IAFP Meeting, July 2014 & DNA fingerprinting Workshop, August 2014
29 August 2014

Presentations from the IAFP Meeting, Minneapolis are now available. More information on the SPIA Events page. In August 2014, Greg Traxler and Mariana Kim (Gates Foundation) organized a workshop on DNA fingerprinting where findings from SPIA-led DIIVA project, and the SIAC 1.1 effort led by MSU were presented. Brief summary of proceedings on the project page.

New publications:DIIVA Synthesis Report & Impact Brief, and Legumes Impact Brief
28 August 2014

Key results on adoption of 20 food crops across 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, data for which was collected as a part of the Diffusion and Impact of Improved Varieties in Africa (DIIVA) project, are presented in the Impact Brief No. 42. The Synthesis Report presents information on Objective 1 and Objective 2 of DIIVA. Legumes Impact Brief No. 44 presents data on adoption and impacts of improved legume varieties. 

Conservation Agriculture Study - Special Issue
26 June 2014

A set of papers from the ISPC strategic study on conservation agriculture (CA) has been published in a special issue of Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment entitled “Evaluating conservation agriculture for small-scale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia”. The 13 papers in the issue give insight into the state of the science on CA across a range of disciplines - agronomy, economics, environmental science and social sciences. The papers, together with an editorial by the ISPC can be accessed here.

Vacancy in the ISPC Secretariat
4 June 2014

The ISPC Secretariat is seeking applications from qualified candidates for a Senior Agriculture Officer (Agricultural Research) post. The incumbent will provide scientific and technical analysis in the areas of strategy and trends for agricultural research in developing countries, independent program review, mobilization of science and impact assessment. The deadline for applications is 19 June 2014. The full vacancy announcement is available here.

New CGIAR impact assessment website
22 May 2014

A new CGIAR Impact Assessment site, managed by the ISPC’s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA), has been launched. The website has a number of new features, including an Impact Blog, a Key References page, and a page entitled "Where is the Evidence?" that maps publications (a work in progress). In addition, the site will provide regular updates on impact assessment activities around the CGIAR and attempt to build a Community of Practice.  In time, SPIA plans to feature a large and quality-rated database of CGIAR impact assessments, allowing readers to see a broad range of impact assessments and to derive useful impact-related information. Click here for more.

New ISPC leadership and members
22 May 2014

The ISPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Gill as the new ISPC Chair, and welcomes the arrival of two new Council members, Segenet Kelemu and Thomas Tomich. Ken Cassman, former Chair, and Rashid Hassan, former Council member, concluded their terms at the end of 2013. With thanks for their valuable contributions, the ISPC wishes them well in their new endeavors. Magie Gill (UK) has been with the ISPC/Science Council since 2004 and is Chair of Integrated Land Use at the School of Geosciences, College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

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

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.

The fifteenth meeting of the ISPC was held from 04-05 April 2017 in Rome, Italy.