Crop and bio-economic modeling for an uncertain climate

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

Reviewing 4 Years of IMPACT Outreach and Training

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.

WorldFish hosts future fish supply and demand scenarios in ASEAN technical meeting

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

Workshop: Crop Modelling and Biotic Stress

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?

"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.

WorldFish hosts Fish IMPACT model training workshop targeted at ASEAN countries, Penang, Malaysia, Aug 25-29, 2015

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

CIAT convenes researchers and regional stakeholders to inform foresight research prioritization for rice in Latin America and the Caribbean

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?

Bioversity International hosts workshop on integrating ecosystem services into GFSF foresight research, Rome, May 7-8, 2015

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

ICRISAT hosts Global Futures and Strategic Foresight (GFSF) Crop Model Training (Part II), Patancheru, India, April 20-24, 2015

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

Crop System Models training program at ICRISAT, Patancheru, India, March 23-27, 2015

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