The Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) is a part of the CGIAR, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with its funders.
ISPC's overall goal is to determine the major threats to meeting the food production needs of the future and to define the research agenda that will provide solutions to the major long-term problems facing our world: hunger and poverty; nutrition and health; rural livelihood and inequity; and the environmental sustainability of tomorrow's food systems. This is summarized as 'food for people, environment for people and policies for people'.
ISPC's role is to provide independent scientific advice and expertise to the CGIAR System Council; to serve as an intellectual bridge between CGIAR funders and implementers; to catalyze partnership with other international agricultural research institutions; and to act as an honest broker in relevant international fora.
It operates in four main areas of activity:
- Strategy and trends
- Program evaluation
- Mobilizing science partnerships
- Impact assessment
SPIA is a sub-group of the ISPC.