The ILSI Research Foundation takes the “International” part of the International Life Sciences Institute name to heart. As evident in this 2018 Annual Report, most of our work takes place somewhere other than the United States, where we are headquartered. In fact, of the 17 non-profit scientific organizations that comprise the ILSI federation, the ILSI Research Foundation is the only one with an explicit mandate to operate across geographies, rather than focus primarily on country- or regionally-specific priorities. 2018 saw a new and exciting extension of our commitment to international programs, with the opening of our first country office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We are convinced this will significantly enhance our effectiveness and impact in the region, where we look forward to furthering existing partnerships and building new ones.
A key goal of the ILSI Research Foundation is to align sustainable food systems with food security, nutrition, and health. Given our small size, we are constantly evaluating how we can best leverage the Research Foundation’s own scientific portfolio with that of other organizations to connect agricultural production to growing global consumer demand for better nutrition and health. We pay careful attention to strategic engagements, effective, beneficial partnerships, and the quality of scientific projects that we lead or contribute to. This Annual Report provides many examples of the ILSI Research Foundation’s commitment to high quality, scientific collaborations.
The ILSI Research Foundation has a commitment to international work, consistent with the One ILSI philosophy. As such, the Research Foundation benefits from close interactions with the network of ILSI branches around the globe, as it tries to address critical issues of public health concern. In 2016, the Research Foundation focused on a new Global Nutrition Strategy and expanding its work on environmental risk assessment to look at gene drive technologies for mosquito control.
The year 2015 was a transformative one for the ILSI Research Foundation. New leadership and staff contributed to the Foundation’s expanding programs. The Research Foundation’s multi-year, multi-country Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation came to a close, but left a legacy of important global public goods that contribute to the international community of practice around biosafety. Significant advances were also made on collaborative programs dealing with climate change impacts on agriculture, food and nutrition security.
In 2014, the ILSI Research Foundation focused on assessing sustainable nutrition security, pursuing open data resources for agriculture and environmental risk assessments, enhancing crop research, and fostering a biosafety community of practice. Over 2,900 participants received training through workshops organized by the Research Foundation.