The challenges of producing more food and fibre for a growing population, adopting sustainable production methods, and adapting to an ever changing climate call for innovative and new solutions that agricultural research can offer. Against this background, the International workshop on ‘State of Foresight in the CGIAR’ was organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), on 9-10 May 2018, at University of Aberdeen.

About 30 scientists from different CGIAR institutes, ISPC members and research and development think tanks from different advanced institutes participated in the workshop. Foresight activities are carried out by various Centers and CGIAR Research Programs. The main objective of the workshop was to take stock and synthesize these recent foresight activities and findings in the CGIAR, and discuss the conclusions of the independent foresight assessment led by ISPC in 2017 and their implications for the R4D strategies of the CGIAR.

The workshop summarized the current state of foresight capacity and focus in the CGIAR and discussed and arrived at a consensus on key drivers and trends affecting global food systems that must be considered in developing participatory scenarios for the CGIAR system. This will provide context and emerging insights as a basis for system level prioritization of research.

Representing the CGIAR Research program on Grain Legumes and Drylands Cereals (CRP-GLDC) were Sika G. (IITA) and Nedumaran S. (ICRISAT) who made a presentation on Strategic Foresight Analysis in the CRP-GLDC. The presentation highlighted how foresight analysis is supporting the prioritization and targeting of GLDC research for greater impacts; key drivers and challenges that the GLDC foresight team is exploring; and approaches and tools being used in foresight analysis.

The workshop was hosted by the University of Aberdeen.

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