Agri-Food System Innovations: Pathway to Impact Workshop

The ISPC Secretariat has an ongoing collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to explore the nature of agri-food system innovation, the role of research within this system, and the way different types of innovation processes lead to impact. This brief summarizes the outcomes of a December 2016 workshop in Canberra, Australia to identify limitations and missed impact opportunities of current agri-food innovation systems arrangements; to consider the nature of frameworks and tools needed to advance innovation and impact; and to develop a road map on how these could be co-developed to best meet the needs of different AR4D stakeholder groups.



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.