Reaffirmed momentum for the strategic foresight work under the Policies, Institutions and Markets program

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets hosted a pre-conference meeting at GCARD2 on October 28, 2012: “From Global Futures to strategic foresight: planning the transition to sustainable quantitative methodologies”.

This meeting, led by Gerald Nelson (IFPRI), introduced the work done so far to the broader GCARD audience, took stock of technologies identified to date and challenges in incorporating them into relevant models, and considered priorities for continuation of the effort under the Policies, Institutions and Markets program.

The Global Futures project, initially a 3 year effort supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to evaluate the impact of potential investments in research on the world’s most important crops, focusing on the regions most vulnerable to global changes, with special attention to the needs of the rural poor and smallholder farmers. The inclusion of these activities under PIM starting in 2012 will enable more CGIAR centers to participate in the effort and allow for a systematization of the methodologies used to evaluate the promising technologies.

The Global Futures project was also the focus of a parallel session on foresight held on October 29, 2012: see Presentation "From Global Futures to Strategic Foresight" presented at this session.