Global and regional synthesis and support for improved policies and institutions

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Project description

The core team in the Flagship for Priorities and Policies for CSA engage in a wide range of supportive activities that bolster the work of the projects, partners and Centres. These include leading a Learning Platform on ex-ante impact assessment and priority setting, liaising with IFPRI and the World Bank, conducting foresight and policy analyses, and capturing and synthesising knowledge gained from across regions and projects.

The Learning Platform on ex-ante evaluation aims to bring a consistent and coherent climate change lens to priority setting in Centre and CRP programs and projects, so that foresight is enhanced and steers CGIAR strategy to ensure future relevance. The Learning Platform helps address ex-ante evaluation of climate-smart practices, technologies and policies, helps set realistic CSA targets, and interfaces with CRP breeding programs and foresight modelling work. The work will contribute to developing information concerning what is “climate-smart” in different contexts and at different scales, identifying appropriate baskets of different interventions for different situations, and defining thresholds for system and livelihood transformation.

The Flagship synthesis project also supports other policy and priority projects with communications assistance to promote research outputs and works to draw lessons from across projects to help inform future directions of research and engagement.

Project activities include:

  • Ex-ante priority setting
  • Cross-regional syntheses and learning
  • Stakeholder engagement


  • Development of training materials and workshops to strengthen partner capacity in applying decision support tools in targeting, priority setting, policy/investment decision making capacities and articulating national priorities in global fora; national planners are supported in utilising CCAFS information in policy decisions and investment plans through science-policy platforms and processes
  • CCAFS regional scenarios are used for multilevel policy development and implementation in selected countries/states, focusing on climate and food and nutrition security policies aimed at dietary diversity
  • Comparative analysis completed of enabling policy environments (especially food and nutrition security policies) with respect to gender equity considerations and recommendations for strengthened gender and social inclusion in enhanced enabling policy environments
  • Science-policy exchange processes, stakeholder fora and learning alliances are maintained and create conditions for open policy dialogue draft guidelines for mainstreaming climate change adaptation and climate-smart practices in agriculture and other sectors and at different administrative levels are disseminated

Expected outputs

  • Study to Identify challenges and opportunities for creating a climate-smart food system in the Philippines and Vietnam
  • Working Paper on Setting Priorities to Address the Research Gaps Between Agricultural Systems Analysis and Food Security Outcomes in Low- and Middle-income Countries


Gender baseline surveys and analysis, gender-sensitive scenarios processes, and stocktaking activities in relation to gender-informed policy processes, have been used to inform project design in all flagship research areas.


This project is coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Project partners include the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the University of Montreal, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Further information

For more information, please contact the project coordinators: Philip Thornton (ILRI) at and Laura Cramer (CIAT) at