1. Innovation Platforms Explained Push RWM interventions & technologies Empower & engage actors in RWM strategies Achieve sustainable landscapes & improved livelihoods Achieve short term quotas or But stakeholders are not coordinated Farmers: We want to improve landscapes and Gov’t Line Depts: livelihoods but we are not involved in We want to make a di erence for our people but there are planning process and our concerns are not C recognized. no incentives for di erent departments to work together C to achieve our common goals. o o o o r r d NGOs: We want to support development activities but we can’t d i address the structural factors that underlie rural poverty with i n our limited resources and time n a a t t i Development Agents: We spend i o time working with farmers but we o n Local Administration: We have no budget, transport, n have good policies for incentives and little control overf improving local livelihoods major decisions so can’t facilitate f and landscapes but we havea problems in implementation development process e ectively ai il lu ur Research Institutes & r Private sector: We see many business Universities: We have manye opportunities but we can’t realize the bene ts useful research results and e in the absence of favorable enabling technologies but we have environment di culty ensuring their uptake at local level So what can we do to improve this situation? Create an Innovation Platform!An Innovation Platform is a need-based network But how do innovation platforms changebringing together stakeholders from di erent interest how things are done?groups, disciplines, sectors and organizations toexchange knowledge, generate innovation and Contributes to new knowledgedevelop joint action. Platforms are more than justplaces to talk; they create opportunities forstakeholders to test solutions to common problems. Changes habits Involves wider and practices Includes di erent institutions, Local Research sources of knowledge policies and markets research National NGO NBDC Community Facilitates learning NB Builds capacity ou DC Empowers to innovate tpu re ts sea actors rch Indigenous Champion Woreda knowledge farmers admin Leads to joint es Bu ffic action s o ine da Community ss Community e Ac or tion ide W 3 as Woreda Encourages local actors Addresses wide Improves communication Private water sector to own the process range of issues between stakeholders Woreda extension Nile ILRI International Livestock Research Institute Beth Cullen and Kebebe Ergano Prepared for the International Forum on Water and Food, South Africa, 14-17 November 2011. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Produced by ILRI KMIS, November 2011.