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In 2019, the number of policies, legal instruments or investments that had been influenced by CGIAR research increased by 44% compared to the previous year. From a total of 164 policies, 60% (99) showed evidence of research findings being taken up by next users and 36% (59) involved a policy being passed or a law enacted. Seven (4%) demonstrated evidence of impact for the first time in 2019.

Policies in 2019 were linked to five key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG1 (no poverty), SDG2 (zero hunger), SDG12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG13 (climate action) and SDG17 (partnerships for the goals). In 2019, 74% (122) of achievements under this indicator were policies and strategies, 13% (21) were budgets and investments, 9% (15) were legal instruments, and 4% (six) were curricula influenced by CGIAR work.