Overview of the Mushinga innovation platform, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Poster prepared by Sylvain Mapatano and Rachel Zozo for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014



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Overview of the Mushinga innovation platform, Democratic Republic of the Congo

  1. 1. Overview of the Mushinga innovation platform, Democratic Republic of the Congo MAPATANO Sylvain1 and ZOZO Rachel2 Context and platform background  Launchsing of Action Site meeting: to select Action Site 23-24 may 2013  4 meetings have been organized to explain the spirit of the programme  Field visit was organized in November 2013 “Improvement of Cassava-Grain Legumes Production Systems through Livestock Integration” was identified as entry theme  Rapid Appraisal for Agricultural Innovation System (RAAIS) workshop to identify and prioritize entry points : February 2014  Innovation Platform (IP) establishment and Management training: April 2014 Opportunities and constraints Opportunities:  Various number of stakeholders. The innovative idea is to work on the value-chain with a limited numbers of actors to be engaged for a beginning  Presence of active farmer organizations or associations  Presence of active R4D partners at field level  Political cooperation and involvement of local leaders  Promiximity to Bukavu  Accessibility to other sites Constraints:  Post-conflict region with a number of humanitarian actors  Limited number of CG centers to work around issues identified during the RAAIS workshop  Productivity must be enhanced so that agrodealers and microfinance can get interest Pictures Conclusions and ways forward  Integrated farming system crop-livestock component  Integrated research systems on productivity, nutrition, natural reseouce management, market and product policy developement; and gender and youth involvement  Soil fertilization though ISFM (Integrated Soil Fertility Management)  Water conservation management  Agroforesterie practices  Workplan developed and activities to be implementd by September at Field site level  The Institutionnal arrangement to make IPs function is a key question we need to raise  Some research work should be done very soon, such as market analysis and business plan development Platform progress  IP first formal meeting was organized on 15 April 2014  Meetings will be scheduled on a monthly basis and debate will be oriented around organizational issues  Some activities to prepare next harvest season (May-June) have been planned  Reflexion for the next rain season has commenced in term of land access, involvement of public sector … Platform facilitation and learning  Facilitating IP platform needs good capacity of communication  The knowledge of the site is an important key  Good contacts in the area is also important  At the beginning, facilitator must invest time in the establishment of the IP  It is important to have a good internal organization for the documentation of the process  The support of the ASF is crucial Mapatano Sylvain, mapatano_s@yahoo.fr ● Bukavu, DRC Zozo Rachel, z.mulangala@cgiar.org , IITA, DRC Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/ This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 Platform characteristics  Farmers are the most represented group (75%)  Key stakeholders represented namely Farmers, NGO, inputs dealer, transporter, local leader, health centres, traders: 21 women and 13 men  The IP is operating at the community level called “Groupement”  The IP has been recently activated and platform members are currently defining rules and procedures ( to be validated in May) through a small committee  At this stage two people are facilitating: the President of the Community Based Organization (CBO) consortium and a staff of the Food for Hungry (NGO)

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