ISPC members, 2011-2012

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Ken
Cassman

Marcio

de Miranda

Vibha

Dhawan

Maggie Gill

Rashid Hassan

Jeff
Sayer

ISPC members, 2011
-
2012


ISPC Members, 2011
-
12

Ken
Cassman



Chair (USA)

Area of expertise:


Plant
ecophysiology
, nutrient cycling, and crop yield potential; energy
efficiency and environmental impact of
biofuels
; global food security;
scientific administration, strategic planning, and research prioritization



Marcio

de Miranda (Brazil)

Area of expertise:


Agronomy, Genetics and Plant Breeding, Biochemical Genetics, Genetic
Resources Access and Ownership

Vibha Dhawan (India):

Area of expertise:

Botany, Biotechnology Development,
Bioresources


ISPC Members, 2011
-
2012

Maggie Gill (Scotland)

Sciences writing, Animal Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, NRM, Integrated
Land Use

Rashid Hassan (South Africa)


Plant
ecophysiology
, nutrient cycling, and crop yield potential; energy
efficiency and environmental impact of
biofuels
; global food security;
scientific administration, strategic planning, and research prioritization

Jeff Sayer ( UK)

Nature conservation, forestry and resource management, Environmental
Sciences


ISPC

CGIAR

ISPC Review of CRP 1.2:

Integrated systems for the humid tropics

Revision process:


Proposal revised over 3 weeks in Dec 2011, re
-
submitted Jan 2012


Main changes in the revised version:


Greater emphasis on markets and value chains in Strategic Research
Theme (SRT) 2.1 and clearer definition of the humid tropics


Greater geographic scope: 11 Action Areas (previously 7)


3
-
year budget request unchanged in the revision process


$144 million, of which, $69 million to be from Windows 1 and 2

Recommendation:

Approve Strategic Research Theme (SRT) 1 activities for 18 months

Resubmission to ISPC after 12 months.


Still requires substantial development and definition


a lot has been
deferred to SRT 1 implementation that should have been in proposal


Focus initially on smaller number of Action Areas as pilot tests


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 1:

Narrow down the geographical scope and focus on
regions where there will greatest benefit to:


poverty alleviation


ecosystem integrity


Not addressed


Some geographic prioritization by continent, but little by way of
crops, cropping systems, and regions within continents


Number of action areas increased from 7 to 11 with little
justification for the increase


Broader and less
-
focused than the original


Ignored ISPC recommendation to narrow scope to humid
lowlands only, as means to achieving greater focus


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 2:
Greater prioritization required, namely:


Research questions and approaches for most important Action Sites


S
election of sites


I
dentify the research to be provided by others in the same zones


Demonstrate scientific lessons learned from prior research


Means to evaluate the effectiveness of the research identified


Not met


A global hypothesis offered that is
untestable

and too general


9 specific hypotheses shows progress, but no coherent framework
-

they seem to independent of the rest of the document


Little information about NRM research to be conducted, pathways of
sustainable intensification, and core competencies


Does not identify and build on past / current work and opportunities


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 3:
Identify impact pathways that map onto the SLOs


Partially met


Longer
-
term targets
are stated in terms of the
SLOs:


I
ncreasing staple food yields by 60%


I
ncreasing average farm income by 50%


L
ifting 25% of poor households above the poverty line;


R
educe number of malnourished children by 30%


Restore 40% of these farms to sustainable resource management


No explanation of where this list has come from, which undermines
confidence in the proponents’ ability to meet them


Strategic Research Theme 3 is focused on scaling
-
up activities and
evaluating performance


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 4:

More coherent gender strategy

Met



Gender equity and welfare adequately mainstreamed


Absence of proposals under the Strategic Gender Research
Program makes it impossible to assess value for money


Tone is highly
aspirational

at times


Must
-
have 5:
Greater priority to tree crops

Not met


Forestry recognized to be major farming system in two of the 11
Action Areas (West African, and Indonesian lowlands)


Will incorporate the Sustainable Tree Crops Program, as an R4D
model platform but further details lacking


Remains a gap in CGIAR portfolio, linking to CRP 6


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 6:

Show mechanism for transition to new place
-
based
research
(with appropriate growth rate and budget)


Not met


3 tiers of Action Areas a good idea, but it is not clear how
hypotheses link to the interventions proposed for each tier


Intellectual leadership for innovation systems largely lies outside
the CGIAR
-

still not clear who will lead the CRP on these issues


Wageningen

University listed, but there are many more ARIs with
diverse approaches to systems research for the CRP to tap into


Very rapid and unrealistic progression from SRT1 situation analysis
results to dissemination and scaling up within 1 year


Budget unchanged from previous version


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”

Must
-
have 7:
New governance arrangements for a genuine cross
-
Center

program


Mostly met


Steering Committee eliminated and Office of the Executive Director
has been enhanced with an M&E Unit and Communications support
(as recommended)


Program Management Team has been downsized but risk that
management of CRP 1.2 is perceived as being dominated by IITA


Should be explicitly stated that the IITA DG will regularly consult
with the DGs of other primary partner
centers


Still lacking strategy to engage with new partners (e.g. health,
education or ICT partners), or to leverage existing ones in new ways


ISPC

CGIAR

CRP 1.2 “
Humidtropics
: Integrated systems for the humid tropics”


Fund Council Must
-
haves
:

1.
Genuine cross
-
Center collaboration with development results


Partially met:
see ISPC must
-
haves 6 and 2

2.
Convincing case that proposal will impact on the 4 SLOs


Partially met:

see ISPC must
-
haves 2 and 3

3.
Greater clarity on needs and deliverables


Partially met:

see ISPC must
-
have 3

4.
Justify dominant focus on humid lowlands over humid highlands


Conflicts with ISPC must
-
have 1
, suggesting lowlands for focus

5.
Elaborate on the cross linkages with other CRPs


Partially met:

see ISPC must
-
haves 6 and 2. Revised proposal section 9

6.
Basis for establishing partnerships requires clarification


Mostly met:

see ISPC must
-
have 7. Revised proposal section 6

7.
Broaden range of areas for capacity development


Met:
Capacity
-
building at all levels appears given higher priority