Innovation systems and
innovation platforms
Jim Ellis-Jones

Africa RISING Training Workshop on Innovation Platforms
Addis...
Innovation Platforms
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What is innovation?
What is an IP?
Different types of IP
IP roles
IP members
IP...
What is innovation?
Innovation is a process of ensuring that a
new product, technology or management
practice is put into ...
An innovation systems approach
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Knowledge generation
Supply / Push

Stakeholders
Information market

Demand / Pull

Farm...
Institutional diagram
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CIP/ILRI/IMWI/ICRAF

B o Agriculture

University

National /Regional
Woreda
Forestry

Agric, Educ...
What is an IP?
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Stakeholder forum to facilitate interaction and
learning
Often selected from a commodity value-chain ...
Types of IP
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Strategic level
 National,

Regional, Zonal, or Woreda levels

 Senior

staff / “champions” - enthusiasti...
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Research themes

Kebele

Woreda
IP

Kebele
IP

Zones

Crops (seeds, stora
Kebele Coop
marketing)
Livestock (health,...
Farmer-to-farmer uptake pathways
IP roles
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Identify challenges and opportunities
Encourage interaction between public and private
sectors, NGOs ...
Role of kebele IP and farmer organisations
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Adopting the programme of testing /
demonstrations into local a...
Typical operational IP Members
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Farmer representatives from key CBOs
Traditional and religious leaders
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IP leadership
Chairperson (local farmer/local leader)
 Secretary (DA at kebele IP)
 Facilitator/coordinator
 Quarterly ...
IP individual accountability
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Liaise, report to and from CBOs/farmers in the
kebele
Represent kebele on a woreda IP
Innovation platforms and partner participation
Local
R&D
participants Organisations

Private
Sector

Phase 1: Engaging
wit...
Zomba, Malawi
Soil fertility
or Maize- legumes
Dairy, Kabale,
Uganda
Kigale, Rwanda, potatoes
Confusion

Understanding

Success
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Innovation systems and innovation platforms

  1. 1. Innovation systems and innovation platforms Jim Ellis-Jones Africa RISING Training Workshop on Innovation Platforms Addis Ababa, 23-24 January 2014
  2. 2. Innovation Platforms          What is innovation? What is an IP? Different types of IP IP roles IP members IP leadership IP accountability What are the challenges in IP establishment and sustainability? Some examples
  3. 3. What is innovation? Innovation is a process of ensuring that a new product, technology or management practice is put into use…………  ..and leads to economic and social benefit   Improved food and nutritional security, reduced poverty and income generation  “A means of turning knowledge into money” IPs provide a forum to get players to interact and play their role in R&D
  4. 4. An innovation systems approach 4 Knowledge generation Supply / Push Stakeholders Information market Demand / Pull Farmer capacity to source and use knowledge Putting knowledge into use
  5. 5. Institutional diagram 5 CIP/ILRI/IMWI/ICRAF B o Agriculture University National /Regional Woreda Forestry Agric, Educ, Health Coop Agric Kebele Police Clinic School Farmer Assoc Seed Assoc Seed Company Coop Office Assoc Youth Community radio Church Water Ass Farm Africa NGO Self help groups Research Centre Women group Fertiliser agent Agro-dealer Market Mo WA CARITAS DEC World Vision Mo E Mo Health
  6. 6. What is an IP?   Stakeholder forum to facilitate interaction and learning Often selected from a commodity value-chain or a system to undertake  Diagnosis of problems/challenges  Exploration of opportunities  Investigation & learning from alternative solutions  …..promotion of innovation  IPs can operate at two or more levels  Strategic and Operational
  7. 7. Types of IP  Strategic level  National, Regional, Zonal, or Woreda levels  Senior staff / “champions” - enthusiastic individuals of stakeholder organisations  Operational level  Kebele/village level  Membership - same stakeholders as Strategic lPs Effective IPs have cohesion, unite stakeholders and meet the interests of all participants
  8. 8. on ce Research themes Kebele Woreda IP Kebele IP Zones Crops (seeds, stora Kebele Coop marketing) Livestock (health, fe Farmer groups High value products NRM Women groups Youth groups Woreda Woreda IP Strategic IPs Kebele 1:5 initiative Traditional groups Kebele IP Operational IPs Innovation clusters
  9. 9. Farmer-to-farmer uptake pathways
  10. 10. IP roles      Identify challenges and opportunities Encourage interaction between public and private sectors, NGOs and CBOs Co-ordination of R&D activities Strategic entry point of for all agreed interventions Regular meetings, typically 4-5 times per year  Community engagement, Planning, Implementing, Assessing (field days), Reviewing (PREA cycle)
  11. 11. Role of kebele IP and farmer organisations       Adopting the programme of testing / demonstrations into local activities Appointing a person (model/lead/research/host farmer) responsible for farmer trials/ demos Encouraging participation by other farmers in trying new practices Arranging field days to assess new practices Evaluate at mid and end-of-season Planning for the new season
  12. 12. Typical operational IP Members         Farmer representatives from key CBOs Traditional and religious leaders Woreda representative(s) Kebele DAs (crops, livestock, NRM) NGO representatives Researchers Input suppliers, traders and processors Others ………………..
  13. 13. IP leadership Chairperson (local farmer/local leader)  Secretary (DA at kebele IP)  Facilitator/coordinator  Quarterly meetings based on PREA cycle   Agree on priorities and action plans  Select groups and farmers for implementation  Organise field and assessment days  Monitor progress – adjust plans
  14. 14. IP individual accountability   Liaise, report to and from CBOs/farmers in the kebele Represent kebele on a woreda IP
  15. 15. Innovation platforms and partner participation Local R&D participants Organisations Private Sector Phase 1: Engaging with stakeholders Interest Phase 3: Ensuring sustainability Collaboration Interest Facilitation Collaboration Backstopping Commercial opportunity and farmer support Time Phase 2: Planning, learning and assessing Leadership Ownership Leadership
  16. 16. Zomba, Malawi Soil fertility or Maize- legumes
  17. 17. Dairy, Kabale, Uganda
  18. 18. Kigale, Rwanda, potatoes
  19. 19. Confusion Understanding Success

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