By Gideon Kruseman (CIMMYT) The potential impact of climate change on agriculture and the complexity of possible adaptation responses require the application of new research methods and tools to develop adequate strategies. At a recent five-day training workshop titled “Crop and Bio-economic Modeling under Uncertain Climate,” scientists applied crop and bio-economic models to estimate biophysical >> Read more
By Daniel Mason-D'Croz This month marks 4 years since the revamping of the IMPACT training curriculum to bring it up to date with the new version of the model. With more than 4 years now of experience, it seems appropriate to review and highlight some of the successes of these outreach and training efforts.
By Shahnila Islam and Chin Yee Chan From June 7-8th, WorldFish organized a technical workshop, “Future Fish Supply and Demand Scenarios in the ASEAN Region.” As a research activity of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project (GFSF), the IMPACT fish model developed by IFPRI, World Bank, FAO, and the University of Arkansas at Pine >> Read more
How can we take biotic stress into consideration with crop growth modelling in maize and wheat? As part of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight (GFSF) project funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is organizing a three-day workshop >> Read more
"Strategic foresight? What’s that?"-- we often hear when introducing the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project to our internal and external partners. Yes, let’s admit it: strategic foresight is still an unfamiliar concept to many, even among our colleagues. If you don’t understand something, you are often naturally biased against it. To change this undermining attitude towards our work, we at CIAT’s Global Futures and Strategic Foresight team decided to, so to speak, take this bias bull by the horns.
By Nhuong Tran (WorldFish) The Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program (GSFS) held a training workshop on the IMPACT Fish model at WorldFish headquarters in Penang from Aug 25-29, 2015. Five participants attended, including staff from WorldFish and partner institutions in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. The purpose of the training workshop was to deliver the >> Read more
Rice is an important food around the world and, in the case of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), makes up approximately 11.5% of the diet. Yet, production of rice in Latin America only accounts for approximately 3.7% of the global total. What does this mean for rice producers and consumers in Latin America?
By Anita Regmi (Bioversity) As part of theCGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program, Bioversity International convened a workshop at its Headquarters near Rome, Italy, on May 7 and 8, 2015, on integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into foresight models. The workshop was attended by 45 >> Read more
By Ricky Robertson (IFPRI) During the week of April 20 to 24, many of the crop modelers and social scientists for the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight program gathered at ICRISAT for a continuation of the previous training conducted in January. The participants reviewed the basics of running the Mink gridded crop modeling system, then learned >> Read more
By Ricky Robertson (IFPRI) As part of its activities in the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and the Global Futures & Strategic Foresight (GFSF) program, ICRISAT recently organized a five-day training program, titled “Cropping System Models: Application in Land Resource Management”. The training took place from the 23rd to 27th March at >> Read more