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  • Organiser

    CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC)

  • Location

    University of Washington, Seattle, United States

  • Challenges

    Food Security, Prosperity

The landscape of agricultural R4D is evolving rapidly, as the world faces new, more complex, and more interrelated challenges—such as achieving food security in the face of climate change; meeting the growing global demand for agricultural commodities while reducing deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity; creating meaningful employment for a rapidly growing youth population; and, producing not just more food, but more nutritious food, in rapidly globalizing agri-food markets serving increasingly urbanized populations. There is pressing need to respond to these new challenges and develop innovative and effective solutions. In this context, the ISPC is conducting a comprehensive foresight exercise to inform the strategy of the CGIAR, and to provide context and emerging insights as a basis for system level prioritization of research.


  1. Synthesize results of ISPC foresight exercise on drivers of change and future trends affecting the global agri-food systems, and their implications for CGIAR research agenda.
  2. Consider options for the development of future ISDC work on foresight and horizon scanning.