CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems

Five Key Takeaways from ISPC 16

The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC ) provides strategic guidance to the directions and priorities of the CGIAR, the world’s largest public sector agricultural research system, through a set of CGIAR-tailored activities in each of its five work streams.

“Science is about exploring things, ISPC meetings are similar in that respect. They provide the ideal setting for discussion and feedback from CGIAR Centers, partners and other stakeholders.”

Maggie Gill, ISPC Chair

The ISPC open meetings provide a chance for various members of the CGIAR community to report and reflect on the issues arising from each work stream. This year’s meeting was hosted by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at their offices in Rabat, Morocco, (18-19 September).

In his opening remarks, ICARDA Director General, Aly Abousabaa, thanked the ISPC for the role it plays in strengthening the quality, relevance, and impact of CGIAR research for development.

“ICARDA highly appreciates the work of the ISPC and has benefited directly from this work.”

Aly Abousabaa, ICARDA Director General

Resulting outputs of key technical presentations (see ISPC 16 agenda) are an important input to the advice ISPC provides to the System Council. Discussions at this year’s open meeting were framed around five fundamental questions - here are the five key takeaways from ISPC 16 (with links to full presentations):

ICARDA presentations included an overview of the Center’s decentralization and new Strategy, ICARDA’s research platform in Morocco and information about the use of genetic resources at ICARDA.

The 16th meeting of the ISPC was attended by over 60 participants (see full list). Attendees at the two-day meeting included members of the ISPC Council and Secretariat; CGIAR system entities including the Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) and System Management Office (SO); representatives from CGIAR Centers and Research Programs and a mix of external guest speakers, partners, and donors.

Looking forward to seeing you all at ISPC 17!

Useful Resources

A full meeting report will be available on the ISPC16 event page shortly. In the meantime, you can:

Photos of the Event and Tour of ICARDA Labs

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