Innovation platforms as spaces for rural change – some experiences from ILRI


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Presented by Alan Duncan at the FAO West Africa Regional Workshop on Crop Residues, Dakar, 10-13 December 2012

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Innovation platforms as spaces for rural change – some experiences from ILRI

  1. 1. Innovation platforms as spaces for rural change – some experiences from ILRIAlan DuncanFAO West Africa Regional Workshop on Crop Residues, Dakar,10-13 December 2012
  2. 2. The conventional approach to livestock feed development Technologies
  3. 3. Why Innovation Platforms?Or... From Cullen and Ergano 2011
  4. 4. What is an innovation platform?Many definitions but one we like at ILRI:An innovation platform is a needs-basednetwork bringing together stakeholders fromdifferent interest groups, disciplines, sectorsand organizations to exchange knowledge,generate innovation and develop joint action.Platforms are more than just places to talk;they create opportunities for stakeholders totest solutions to common problems (Cullen &Ergano, 2011)
  5. 5. From Cullen and Ergano 2011
  6. 6. Input supplier Collector ProcessorResearch Extension Rural farmer ConsumerConventional Coop approach: research to Innovation farmer Systems Approach: research inside
  7. 7. How we have gone about setting up innovation platforms?
  8. 8. Identify the focal issue– In the case of the Fodder Adoption Project: feed for livestock– In the case of the Nile Basin Development Challenge: rainwater management
  9. 9. Identify relevant stakeholders –these become potential IP members Local Research R4D NGO project District Champion admin farmers Water Private office sector Extension
  10. 10. Convene meetings
  11. 11. Joint identification of constraints and actionsConstraint Action Timescale Who is responsible?Seed supply Meet with By next week Research private seed Institute supplierLack of Identify local By March Office ofimproved sources AgricultureanimalsTechnical Develop By June NGOknow-how on trainingforage materialscultivation
  12. 12. Follow up on actionsReview action plan at each meeting
  13. 13. Some Lessons
  14. 14. Lesson 1Demonstrating benefits of technological options through on-farm trials and other approaches proved to be an effective means of stimulating interest of farmers and other stakeholders which then made convening and establishing multi- stakeholder networks easier.
  15. 15. Lesson 2For actors to participate in multi- stakeholder networks it is necessary for clear, tangible incentives to exist.
  16. 16. Lesson 3Linking fodder technologies to livestock value chains is essential to ensure their successful adoption.
  17. 17. Lesson 4Diverse actors, including farmers, researchers, extensionists, local policy makers and the private sector, are needed in networks to enable knowledge to be turned into action and benefits.
  18. 18. Lesson 5To ensure fit with national policies and to enable scaling up from local to national levels, mechanisms need to put in place to engage with policy makers at different levels.
  19. 19. Links gory/innovation-systems/