The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) held its second annual Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting on December 12, 2013 at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Attendees included the six-person IAC, the A4NH theme leaders, the A4NH project management unit, and members of IFPRI’s Director General’s office, including Shenggen Fan, IFPRI's Director General.
The IAC members were asked to review A4NH’s progress to date, proposed new initiatives, and progress implementing the gender strategy. Specifically, they were asked to provide advice to A4NH on the following issues:
- Proposed Plan of Work and Budget for 2014
- Theory of change and impact pathways plans
- Partnerships, capacity development, and regional strategies
- Monitoring and evaluation plans
The purpose of the IAC is to provide independent advice to the IFPRI Director General, the IFPRI Board, and to the A4NH Director on the following issues: program strategy; plans of work and budget; research quality, relevance, and innovation; monitoring and evaluation; potential for outcomes and impacts; and other advice relative to the strategy, implementation, and performance of the program. The IAC committee meets once per year. The next meeting is scheduled for October 2014.