This document outlines the results of a recent horizon scanning exercise conducted by ISPC at its 17th meeting (19th–20th April 2018 at FAO headquarters in Rome).

The main focus of this meeting was to explore the perspectives of these different groups on global changes in the context of agricultural research for development – in effect, horizon scanning. We discussed major shifts in the general context within which CGIAR operates and 2 specific topics that are relevant to a number of CRPs - climate change (relevant to all) and livestock (relevant to quite a number of CRPs). These topics were chosen in light of the business plan cycle being developed by the SMO, which enables cyclical update of the System to enhance flexibility of the portfolio at the same time as strengthening stability.