Component 2

Regional food systems foresight and dialogue



To improve collaboration between key regional partners to strengthen understanding of longer term food systems changes, the implications for food, water and energy security and transformational opportunities, particularly in the context of gender and climate change. 

Key Activities

  • Synthesis of currently available key information on options for transformation of food systems in the region, and identification of key gaps

  • Analysis of ‘megatrends’ 

  • Engagement between key players on how foresight relating to food, water and energy could be strengthened and better incorporated into policy processes

  • Regional foresight training events

  • A series of targeted Policy Dialogues on particular topics (to be agreed) 


Dr Jim Woodhill; ACIAR SDIP Project Coordinator; Regional Foresight Working Group 


Key Partners

IFPRI, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Centre for Green Economic Development Nepal, Regional think tanks/universities

Delivery Mechanisms

A series of foresighting activities will be conducted to generate a set of systems scales questions and framing questions that need to be answered, particularly in relation to gender and climate change. For example, these integrated activities will explore the big changes likely to occur in the region and the implications for women in agriculture, and explore strategies for moving forward. 

The identification of interested and relevant groups, institutions and individuals will form the first stage of the foresight work, ensuring a diverse but complementary set of experiences and expertise. 

A series of Policy Dialogues will be held focusing on topics to be defined from foresighting activities and/or in conjunction with other components. 

Regional training in foresighting and food systems will be conducted based on partner interest, to build capacity and map out the main issues at a regional level. Towards the end of the phase, a regional foresighting event will be held to present work to a wider audience, and link with global initiatives such as the Foresight4Food group

Commissioned Projects

Foresight for sustainable food systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP): Status, synthesis and stakeholder engagement for current understanding

The aim of IFPRI’s project is to lay the groundwork for an open, scientifically informed and participatory foresight for food exercise in the EGP region, by preparing status papers on major drivers of food systems in the region; collating a repository of relevant data and reports related to food systems; and convening relevant stakeholders in a participatory training exercise. 

Find out more about: