Innovation platforms as spaces for rural change – some experiences from ILRI
Innovation platforms as spaces for rural change – some experiences from ILRIAlan DuncanFAO West Africa Regional Workshop on Crop Residues, Dakar,10-13 December 2012
The conventional approach to livestock feed development Technologies
Why Innovation Platforms?Or... From Cullen and Ergano 2011
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)
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
Follow up on actionsReview action plan at each meeting
Lesson 1Demonstrating 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.
Lesson 2For actors to participate in multi- stakeholder networks it is necessary for clear, tangible incentives to exist.
Lesson 3Linking fodder technologies to livestock value chains is essential to ensure their successful adoption.
Lesson 4Diverse 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.
Lesson 5To 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.