Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. This thirteenth brief reflects on some of issues and opportunities faced when innovation platforms – or the innovations they generate – are scaled out.
The 2015 ReSAKSS (Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System) Annual Conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 1-3, 2015.
The study ‘Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?’ focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential to secure sustainable management and green-economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands.
At this week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Dolapo Enahoro made a presentation on foresight modeling to guide sustainable intensification of smallholder systems.
Scaling out research results for wider application and use is a goal of every research for development project in today’s CGIAR. It is also one of the most difficult things to achieve. Scaling out was on the agenda of recent end-of-project workshops of the IFAD-financed MilkIT project. At a recent workshop team members and partners listed out some of the critical success factors such a project needs to be able to scale out its results.
In 2014, to mark four decades of international livestock research, ILRI held a series of events on the ways in which livestock research advances food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. We asked participants to comment on two questions: Looking to 2054, what are THE two most critical livestock-related challenges we must answer through research? What is THE most promising ‘best bet’ opportunity we should invest in to achieve better lives though livestock in 2054.
In 2014, to mark four decades of international livestock research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a series of events on the ways in which livestock research advances food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. At the November 2014 Addis Ababa event, we asked participants to suggest reasons why livestock is overlooked by public and private investors.
An ILRI project in Somalia aims to strengthen local capacity to mobilize and use knowledge from Somali livestock research in decision making. It also aims to enhance the capacities of public and private sectors to improve livestock products’ marketing and safety.
Scaling up transdisciplinary research so that a systems approach can be applied by more and more scientists could make a huge contribution to development in smallholder farming.
Writing in the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Isabelle Baltenweck argues that the growing global demand for animal products also offers poor livestock keepers the opportunity to switch from the subsistence to the market economy.