The International Livestock Research Institute recently published a ‘situational analysis of agricultural production and marketing, and natural resources management systems in northwest Vietnam’ for the Humidtropics CGIAR research program. It is a starting point for the program’s work in one of the four geographical ‘Action Area Flagships’ where innovations are tested to meet the challenges of stakeholders. It paints a comprehensive and broad picture of the current systems that are key to tackling the problems faced in the target field sites. Continue reading
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Systems research in sustainable intensification – Humitropics international conference in October 2014
From 7-10 October 2014, the Humidtropics CGIAR research program will host the first International Conference on Integrated Systems Research. Continue reading
New livestock maps pinpoint ‘danger zones’ for possible spread of deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu
A recent paper that maps the global distributions of the world’s major livestock species has already been used to advance understanding of where surveillance efforts should be targeted to prevent the possible spread of a lethal bird flu virus now circulating in poultry populations in China, where it has killed 62 people. The original mapping work, led by Tim Robinson, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and published at the end of May, was immediately put to practical use in locating large regions in South and Southeast Asia that would suit the new lethal virus. Continue reading
Are traditional workshops effective in changing participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours?
Stakeholders involved in Humidtropics platforms from Africa, Asia, and Central America came together for the Humidtropics Capacity Development workshops held between April 29 and May 2, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshops covered different approaches to agricultural innovation and were measurably successful in increasing knowledge and changing attitudes. Iddo Dror reflects on the learning that took place during the workshop. Continue reading
Understanding, facilitating and monitoring agricultural innovation processes: Humidtropics holds capacity development workshop in Nairobi
From 29 April to 2 May 2014, the Humidtropics CGIAR research program held a capacity development workshop in Nairobi. The main topics of discussion were agricultural innovation systems, design and implementation of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP), capturing knowledge and learning in MSPs, and reflexive monitoring of MSPs.
Linking smallholder farmers to markets in Northwest Vietnam
A value chain assessment on four agricultural products in Son La Province of Vietnam provides insights into business models linking smallholder farmers to dynamic markets. These are helping us suggest future Humidtropics research-for-development interventions on policies, institutions and markets. Continue reading
Designing and implementing R4D innovation platforms
Innovation platforms can enhance the relevance and impact of research; they also have many pitfalls. This project report from Wageningen UR examines ‘critical issues for reflection when designing and implementing research for development in innovation platforms.’ Continue reading
N2Africa project putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia
On 27 and 28 February, the N2Africa project was officially launched in Ethiopia. More than 70 people attended the workshop, representing project partners, the private sector, universities, government and researchers. Continue reading
Questioning the impact of innovation platforms in agricultural research
Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. This twelfth brief reflects on some of the challenges of measuring outcomes and impacts around innovation platforms. Continue reading
Innovation platforms and natural resources management
Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. This eleventh brief explains how innovation platforms can support work on natural resources management issues that typically require joint action across scale and over time.