Advisory Reports


Improving Market Outcomes, Enhancing the Position of Farmers in the Supply Chain. Report of the Agricultural Markets Task Force Brussels, 2016, (pdf)

This report examines the position of farmers in the supply chain and makes recommendations as to how to improve that position. It is the result of the deliberations of the Agricultural Markets Task Force (Task Force), which was set up in January 2016 as a European Commission expert group at the instigation of Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition: what roles for livestock? HLPE, CFS, FAO, 2016, (pdf)

The report defines sustainable agricultural development (SAD) for food security and nutrition (FSN) as follows: “Sustainable agricultural development is agricultural development that contributes to improving resource efficiency, strengthening resilience and securing social equity/responsibility of agriculture and food systems in order to ensure food security and nutrition for all, now and in the future.”


Commitment and Coherence.Evaluation of the 7th EU Framework Programme (2007‐2013), (pdf)

The objective of this report is to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of FP7 and to summarize what FP7 has achieved and what shortcomings in its design and implementation could be identified. It aims to provide key insights that will help guide the future design of European Research Framework Programmes as well as Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies on the EU and national levels. The point of reference for this evaluation is the aims and objectives of FP7 as set out at the time of its adoption, wider EU policy goals regarding the European Research Area and the Europe 2020 Strategy


Climate change assessments. Review of the IPCC. IAC, 2010, (pdf)

This report reviews the IPCC assessment process and recommends ways to strengthen it. Chapter 2 evaluates the major elements of the IPCC assessment process. Excerpts of the relevant IPCC procedures are given in Appendix D. Chapter 3 examines how uncertainty was characterized and communicated in the Fourth Assessment Report and recommends ways to improve IPCC’s uncertainty guidelines for subsequent assessments. Chapter 4 discusses IPCC governance, management, and communications. Chapter 5 summarizes the Committee’s conclusions and identifies issues that could benefit from additional study.


From Kyoto to Sustainability. Global Colloquium University Presidents, 2007, (pdf)

The last decades has seen an increasing focus on climate change as a prime preoccupation of scientists and politicians alike. Indeed, the scope of climate change science is breathtaking, as the detailed and thorough analysis of Professor Richard Stewart confirms. Yet there are several puzzling aspects to climate issues that suggest that we may need to rethink this focus.