The Independent Science Panel (ISP) of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is established to ensure independence of the programmatic directions of CCAFS. The ISP is accountable to, and appointed by, the CIAT Board of Trustees as the CGIAR Lead Center of CCAFS. The Lead Center has the right to review all decisions made in CCAFS in respect to potential legal, financial or reputational risks that such decisions may pose, and communicate its concerns through the appropriate channels.
The ISP has a Chair appointed by the CIAT Board, nine members, and three ex officio members (one from the CIAT Board, representing CIAT on behalf of the CGIAR, one representing Future Earth and the Program Director). Ex officio members do not have voting rights. The ISP appoints one of its members as Vice-Chair.
The membership consists of internationally recognised scientists in the field of climate change and food security, as well as technical expertise drawn from civil society, development agencies and/or the private sector with a strong record of ensuring outcomes and impacts. Membership should be balanced in terms of disciplinary mix, gender and geographic diversity. The nomination process for ISP members will seek input from the ISP Chair and the ex officio members representing CGIAR and Future Earth, who will consult their constituencies.
Members are appointed for 3 years with possible reappointment for an additional period of up to 3 years to ensure a staggered rotation of members.
In order to ensure the independence of the programmatic directions, the responsibilities of the ISP are:
The ISP generally meets twice a year, in May and October.
Minutes from past meetings
November 2011 - Cali, Colombia (4 mb - PDF)
May 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark (0.5 mb - PDF)
6-7 May 2013 - Hanoi, Vietnam
10-11 October 2013 - Rome, Italy
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)