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Innovation platforms to shape national policies in agriculture

Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. To help document recent experiences and insights, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) recently published a series of short innovation platform ‘practice briefs’ to help guide the design and implementation of innovation platforms in agricultural research for development.

This second brief explains and illustrates ways that innovation platforms contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies.

Innovation platforms help stakeholders agree policy suggestions

Policymaking aims to create an enabling environment of regulations, incentives and sanctions to structure a society and its markets. It inevitably means finding compromises among different stakeholder groups that are likely to be affected by the policy. Innovation platforms can facilitate interactions between the government, the private sector, civil society and other policy stakeholders to enhance effective policy development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

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This brief is authored by Joseph Cadilhon (ILRI), Eliud Birachi (CIAT), Laurens Klerkx (Wageningen UR) and Marc Schut (Wageningen UR). It is a contribution to the CGIAR Humidtropics research program. The development of the briefs was led by the International Livestock Research Institute; the briefs draw on experiences of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, several CGIAR centres and partner organization.The series comprises 14 briefs:

  1. What are innovation platforms?
  2. Innovation platforms to shape national policy
  3. Research and innovation platforms
  4. Power dynamics and representation in innovation platforms
  5. Monitoring innovation platforms
  6. Innovation platforms for agricultural value chain development
  7. Communication in innovation platforms
  8. Developing innovation capacity through innovation platforms
  9. Linking action at different levels through innovation platforms
  10. Facilitating innovation platforms
  11. Innovation platforms to support natural resource management
  12. Impact of innovation platform
  13. Scaling and innovation platforms
  14. Addressing gender dynamics in innovation platforms

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