From 29 April to 2 May 2014, the Humidtropics CGIAR research program held a capacity development workshop in Nairobi.
Organised by the International Livestock Research Institute ILRI), Wageningen UR, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), it brought together platform facilitators, Action Area Coordinators and other key-players from the research program.
The main topics of discussion were agricultural innovation systems, design and implementation of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP), capturing knowledge and learning in MSP, and reflexive monitoring of MSPs.
Beyond mutual sharing and reflection, participants broadened their networks and gained a better understanding of the terminology and the current state of Humidtropics.
I am a natural scientist and this has been my first introduction to social sciences and it has really been an eye-opener” – Endalkachew Wolde-Meskel (N2Africa Ethiopia)
The workshop design involved an online training needs assessment, a pre and post workshop quiz, and posters capturing the current state of the various platforms. An analysis of these will enable the organizers to refine materials and consider additional learning and training approaches for future workshops. Similar workshops are being planned in Central America and the Caribbean and the Central Mekong.
The Humidtropics CGIAR research program aims to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve health and nutrition and stimulate sustainable resource management. It focuses on subtropical areas in East and Central Africa, West Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and the Central Mekong region. It works through an integrative research perspective that targets ‘whole’ farming systems in which multi-stakeholder interaction, collaboration and innovation platforms are key.
See a presentation by Iddo Dror and Zelalem Lema on ‘deciphering the DNA of innovation platforms‘
More workshop presentations:
- Agricultural innovation
- Making meaning: Knowledge creation, learning and documentation
- Prioritising interventions in the Humidtropics using EXTRAPOLATE
- Reflexive monitoring in action
- Intensifying maize-legumes systems through innovation platforms in Rwanda: Experiences from SIMLESA project, 2012-2014
- Mukono/Wakiso R4D platform in the Lake Victoria basin of Uganda
- Overview of N2Africa research for development platforms in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana
- Overview of N2Africa-Ethiopia Project: Achievements and future plans
- Overview of the Burundi platform, south region
- Overview of the Central Mekong flagship, humidtropics
- Overview of the Kiboga-Kyankwanzi platform in the Lake Victoria Crescent Uganda
- Overview of the Mushinga innovation platform, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Overview of the Nicaragua research for development platform
- Overview of the Northwest Vietnam platform, Central Mekong flagship area
- Stakeholder platforms to guide N2Africa business clusters in Tanzania
This story was contributed by Dieuwke Lamers with inputs from Iddo Dror, Marc Schut, Valerie Poire and Peter Ballantyne