In many ways, 2015 marked a significant year for CGIAR. First and foremost, the past year saw CGIAR reaching a number of key milestones in the evolution of its governance model. Also in 2015, CGIAR celebrated major programmatic accomplishments and delivered strong results on poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, as well as the protection of natural resources. Finally, despite some headwinds particularly in relation to system finances, CGIAR gained a renewed sense of optimism and momentum for faster delivery of greater results going forward.

In 2015, CGIAR finalized its second comprehensive Strategy and Results Framework (SRF), marking the culmination of major consultations with a broad range of relevant stakeholders. Importantly, the SRF now reflects the collective expectations of the CGIAR’s donor community.

CGIAR’s bold development targets in the SRF aim to demonstrate the critical contribution that agricultural research will make to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The new SRF provides a firm foundation for the research CGIAR will pursue in collaboration with its partners for the next 15 years to achieve the shared vision of a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

During the past year, CGIAR made a major effort to generate an on-going conversation about the importance of climate-smart agriculture in feeding our growing human family. The CGIAR’s mission has also been energized by the historic agreement reached by 195 nations at the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris last December. CGIAR has maintained an emphasis on the vital role of women not only in agriculture, but also in discussions around climate change.

Responding to the 2014 mid-term review of CGIAR reform, an Options Team accelerated the transition to a new CGIAR governance model. The new arrangements came into effect on June 30, 2016, and they aim to make the CGIAR an even more robust, efficient and effective global partnership. Here it is important to recognize the guiding role of Rachel Kyte, as Fund Council Chair until September 2015 and, subsequently, by Juergen Voegele as Acting Chair during the remainder of that same year.

The CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), which started five years ago, are also included in this report through a special feature spotlighting results achieved, and demonstrating the benefits of working collectively on a large, integrated portfolio. The diverse examples of impacts confirm that CGIAR is a smart investment and a proven instrument in the fight against poverty and hunger. During 2015, CGIAR also laid the foundations for the second phase of CRPs that are set to commence in January 2017, and will build on the achievements presented in this report.

We are cognizant that there is a large number of people and organizations that make CGIAR what it is today: a significant success. We gratefully acknowledge the valuable contributions of all CGIAR partners without which none of the achievements contained in this annual report would be possible.

Laura Tuck
Chair, CGIAR Fund Council1

Lynn Haight
Chair, CGIAR Consortium Board2

1 Laura Tuck was appointed Fund Council Chair on September 4, 2015
2 Having served as Interim Board Chair since January 1, 2015, Lynn Haight was appointed Consortium Board Chair on May 11, 2015.