Policy Network and Engagement Workshop

  • Date
    27.06.23 > 28.06.23
  • Time
    09:00 am > 05:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Kenya

Supporting effective policy design, implementation and evaluation is an intrinsic part of many CGIAR initiatives. In some countries multiple initiatives are working in the same policy environments. In the absence of effective coordination, this may reduce the ability of initiatives to support policy making and implementation at different levels, as well as contribute to growing policy incoherence at a country level.

The CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS) co-creates demand-driven policy solutions with national institutions, supporting countries to transform food, land and water systems for development and sustainable futures. Co-created with national and international partners, the main objectives of NPS are to build policy coherence, integrate policy tools, and respond to policy demand and crises at national and subnational levels.

NPS is currently active in Colombia, Egypt, India, Laos, Kenya, and Nigeria (with Ethiopia and Rwanda recently added). In these countries we are addressing both current policy demands and future development needs. This two-day Policy Network and Engagement Workshop to be held in Nairobi, 27-28th June, aims to:

  • Identify and map the landscape of policy engagement across CGIAR initiatives;
  • Explore best practices to support policy environments and share knowledge; and
  • Build more effective and joined-up working methods with policy communities at national and regional levels, including a clearer CGIAR policy-engagement approach.


Day 1: Tuesday, June 27th








Session 1: Setting the scene.


Our expectations – organizers and participants

Are we in alignment? What can we do to ensure mutual benefit?

Alan Nicol, Michael Victor


Welcome: (Kenya Country Convener / NPS Lead)

Contextualizing the event from an initiative/country perspective 

Joseph Karugia / Clemens Breisinger


Getting to know each other 

Building awareness and trust across the group

Juan Carlos Sanchez


Group activity: Current realities and core issues in CGIAR policy engagement under the initiatives

Initiative participants get an early chance to share policy engagement experiences through a generative session identifying big challenges and identifying what we need to explore

Joyce Maru



Session 2: Deep dives – initiatives and countries


Examining initiative experiences – Six initiatives share
their engagement policy work:

Sustainable Healthy Diets – Belay Terefe

Fragility, Conflict, and Migration – Radikha Singh

Seed Equal – Chris Ojiewo

Low-Emission Food Systems – Laura Cramer

Digital Innovation – Ram Dhulipala

Climate Resilience – Anna Belli

Six deep dives on policy work under different initiatives – a TV interview mode! And an NPS Teaser…

Juan Carlos Sanchez




Examining country experiences – Five countries and regions share their policy engagement experience (through country conveners or initiative teams)

India – Arun Padiyar

Kenya – Joseph Karugia

Transforming Agrifood Systems in South Asia – Avinesh kishore

Diversification in East and Southern Africa – Idil Ires

Fragility to Resilience in Central and West Asia and North Africa – Maha Al-Zu’bi

Four deep dives on policy experience at a country level 

Alan Nicol


Key learning points from countries and initiatives – group activity

What are the initial pointers from shared country and initiatives experiences? Bringing together the contours of the landscape presented to us.

Leonard Kirui 



Session 3: Innovations and tools


Open Space –
sharing tools, and other key innovations, questions for follow up:

Jonathan Mockshell (Alliance-Bioversity CIAT) – NPS Political Economy Sourcebook

An opportunity to present and discuss key policy tools and approaches, and other experiences.

Juan Carlos Sanchez


Close and preparing for Day 2

Summary of progress and next steps in the meeting



Cocktail reception at ILRI Campus (poolside)




Day 2: Wednesday,





Session 4: Building policy coherence


Recap of
Day 1 and focus of Day 2

What are the major learning points so far, and where and how do these take us into Day 2?

Alan Nicol / Michael Victor


Understanding policy landscapes:
NPS Work Package 1 country processes and landscaping; NPS WP4 Communities of Policy Practice (CoPPs) 

Deep Dive into what NPS is doing on policy and contextualizing this in light of Day 1 discussions

Juan Carlos Sanchez

Joyce Maru

Jackie Abalo

Leonard Kirui


Facilitated discussion

Joining the dots on policy coherence at country level

Alan Nicol



Session 5: Further innovations and experiences


Open Space:
sharing tools, and other key innovations (including) Policy and Political Economy Analysis: A Sourcebook for Initiatives / Water Policy Hackathon (Kenya)

An opportunity for innovations to be shared and new ideas to be disseminated

Joyce Maru


Further initiative and country experiences: Six additional countries and initiatives share their policy experience:

Genebanks – Gloria Atieno

Gender Equality – Els Lecoutre

Livestock and Climate – Fiona Flintan

Agroecology – Frank Place

FRESH – Elyse Iruhiriye

Asian Mega-Deltas – Deepa Joshi

Further facilitated insights into country and initiative experiences

Michael Victor / 

Juan Carlos Sanchez



Session 6: Towards a new consolidation of policy
approaches across the CGIAR


Group activity:

Shaping a common CGIAR policy engagement approach – increasing coherence and developing a dashboard: Where should we take this in terms of principles, approaches and what to do next? What to take forward to fill gaps? What recommendation at a 1CG level re. the new business cycle?

Working towards a more integrated and coherent approach to policy engagement – what would it look like and how could it work?

Alan Nicol 

Michael Victor


Discussion and feedback from groups

Consolidating thinking and forging a new approach 

Joyce Maru




Next steps and ways forward

Where can NPS take this new learning and thinking in
partnership with others, and how? What’s the timetable? What are the milestones? And what would two big strategic wins look like?

Final session identifying milestones and steps towards a strong policy community within CGIAR and a firmer policy focus and approach under the Second Business Cycle



Closing remarks

Reflections on the event

Alan Nicol/

Joseph Karugia


Photo Credit: ILRI/Barrett

This work is part of the CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS). CGIAR launched NPS with national and international partners to build policy coherence, respond to policy demands and crises, and integrate policy tools at national and subnational levels in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CGIAR centers participating in NPS are The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Potato Center (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and WorldFish. We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund