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A presentation prepared by Peter Bezkorowajnyj and Dannie Romney, Fodder Innovation Project, ILRI, 2006.

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  • An old Chinese proverb states that “To grant a man a fish is not as good as to grant him fishing” This has been adapted to the well known saying …
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  • CAPACITY TO INNOVATE What does that mean??
  • The old Chinese proverb “To grant a man a fish is not as good as to grant him fishing” Lao Tsu is better known as….
  • Give a man a fish…
  • … you feed him for a day.
  • Teach him how to fish…
  • … you feed him for a lifetime?
  • BUT What happens if… ?? Technical problems encountered… Market prices fall… Policies are changed…
  • Fix it if materials are available Purchase another if capital is available Learn new ways if training is available Technical problems are encountered…
  • Sell elsewhere if alternative market is available Trade locally if other food items available Learn ways to store if knowledge is available Or… Market prices fall…
  • Continue anyway if there are ways of not getting caught Protest if the support is available Become independent if the expertise is available Or… Policies are changed…
  • So, you can catch, store, sell fish in new ways or even forget fishing and do something new - INNOVATION !
  • How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? So, you can catch, store, sell fish in new ways or even forget fishing and do something new - INNOVATION ! But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. I could go to my neighbor – he knows a trader with whom I can discuss other possible markets. Is there any other way to get that information? How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. I could go to my neighbor – he knows a trader with whom I can discuss other possible markets. Is there any other way to get that information? I could ask for a loan to buy fingerlings and start my own business, but there is no loan available to buy the feed. How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. I could go to my neighbor – he knows a trader with whom I can discuss other possible markets. Is there any other way to get that information? I could ask for a loan to buy fingerlings and start my own business, but there is no loan available to buy the feed. Village Council I could ask the village committee to invite the various gov’t departments for discussions but the officials don’t talk to each other. How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. I could go to my neighbor – he knows a trader with whom I can discuss other possible markets. Is there any other way to get that information? I could ask for a loan to buy fingerlings and start my own business, but there is no loan available to buy the feed. Village Council I could ask the village committee to invite the various gov’t departments for discussions but the officials don’t talk to each other. I could interact with the researcher who visits but he’s just interested in me growing mushrooms. How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? But…
  • Department Of Fisheries I could go to the gov’t official for advice but I don’t know him very well – besides, he doesn’t understand my situation. I could go to my neighbor – he knows a trader with whom I can discuss other possible markets. Is there any other way to get that information? I could ask for a loan to buy fingerlings and start my own business, but there is no loan available to buy the feed. Village Council I could ask the village committee to invite the various gov’t departments for discussions but the officials don’t talk to each other. I could interact with the researcher who visits but he’s just interested in me growing mushrooms. How do you go about it? Where do you go? Who do you talk with? I could follow national market prices but how? But…
  • And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how would they change? And what would be the incentive?
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    I should introduce him to the traders I meet with regularly - maybe he will stop coming over and bothering me all the time And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    I should introduce him to the traders I meet with regularly - maybe he will stop coming over and bothering me all the time
    • We should raise the issue of loans for
    • fish feed at the next board meeting
    • the increase in potential customers
    • should impress head office
    And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
  • Instead of meeting in the village every week, lets meet in town with the government officials – that should link us directly with resources and make our job easier
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    I should introduce him to the traders I meet with regularly - maybe he will stop coming over and bothering me all the time
    • We should raise the issue of loans for
    • fish feed at the next board meeting
    • the increase in potential customers
    • should impress head office
    And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
  • Instead of meeting in the village every week, lets meet in town with the government officials – that should link us directly with resources and make our job easier
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    I should introduce him to the traders I meet with regularly - maybe he will stop coming over and bothering me all the time
    • We should raise the issue of loans for
    • fish feed at the next board meeting
    • the increase in potential customers
    • should impress head office
    I should start working with the Department of Fisheries on this - can probably get a research grant And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
  • Instead of meeting in the village every week, lets meet in town with the government officials – that should link us directly with resources and make our job easier
    • I should start spending more time
    • in the villages to understand better
    • what the farmers are doing
    • I do want to make a difference
    • as Director of this department
    I should introduce him to the traders I meet with regularly - maybe he will stop coming over and bothering me all the time
    • We should raise the issue of loans for
    • fish feed at the next board meeting
    • the increase in potential customers
    • should impress head office
    I should start working with the Department of Fisheries on this - can probably get a research grant
    • He is the 5 th farmer today to ask
    • about fish prices
    • I should set up a service and charge
    • an annual fee for market information
    And… Will this change the way things are done? If so, how? - why?
  • So - Using something old in new ways, or applying something new to successfully produce a positive social and economic outcome is INNOVATION
    • So - Using something old in new ways, or applying something new
    • to successfully produce a positive social and economic outcome
    • is INNOVATION
    • This is embedded in a network of those interacting
    • to produce, distribute and use knowledge to do so
    • an INNOVATION SYSTEM
    • So - Using something old in new ways, or applying something new
    • to successfully produce a positive social and economic outcome
    • is INNOVATION
    • This is embedded in a network of those interacting
    • to produce, distribute and use knowledge to do so
    • an INNOVATION SYSTEM
    • Improving interactions
    • between the actors in the system
    • changes habits and practices, facilitates learning,
    • contributes to knowledge and builds
    • “ CAPACITY TO INNOVATE”
  • THANK YOU Please feel free to use this presentation or any variation for non-profit, but please ensure that the authors and organization are acknowledged. To help us assess impact, we request that when using this presentation (or parts of) that you inform us using the e-mail address below indicating how the presentation is being used and your target audience. For further information contact: Dr. Peter Bezkorowajnyj , Project Manager, Fodder Innovation Project, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) c/o ICRISAT, Patancheru –502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India. Phone: +91 40 30713653/4, Fax: +91 40 3071 3074, E-mail: p. bezkorowajnyj @ cgiar .org , Web: cgiar.org/ilri. Dr. Dannie Romney , Enabling Innovations Acting Theme Leader, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), PO Box 30709 Nairobi, Kenya. Phone: +254 20 422 3000, Fax: +254 20 422 3001, E-mail: d. romney @ cgiar .org , Web: cgiar.org/ilri.