Innovation: Innovation Systems In African Agriculture - Collection of case studies

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The JOLISAA project aimed to increase understanding of agricultural innovation systems focusing on smallholders livelihoods and the articulation of local/traditional and global knowledge. Lessons learnt about past and ongoing experiences with agricultural/rural innovation in East, Southern and West Africa were synthesised by combining joint case-study assessment with capacity-strengthening and networking at various scales.

Case studies tackled diverse innovation types and scales: from natural resource management to production and agribusiness, from local initiatives to national and regional ones. Joint learning was fostered by engaging diverse stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The project delivered relevant, pragmatic and collectively validated recommendations to the EC and to African decision-makers for future research, practice and policy.

Over 42 months, a small consortium of European and African partners involving highly experienced and motivated research, development, capacity-strengthening and networking institutions facilitated an iterative process consisting of five interlinked thematic Work Packages (WPs):

- In WP1, an analytic framework and an operational approach was developed based on an innovation-system perspective and carefully adapted to the context and experiences of three regions in Africa.
- WP2 involved joint assessment and learning from a series of case studies in Kenya, South Africa and Benin.
- In WP3, the capacity of members of existing multistakeholder innovation platforms to assess their experiences and to facilitate innovation was strengthened, in close interaction with case-study development.
- In WP4, lessons was shared and discussed within existing national innovation platforms across Africa and with European/ international institutions.
- WP5 compiled and shared the project outputs and delivered them in formats suitable for a range of audiences, from academia to policymakers.

PROJECT GOALS:

JOLISAA's goal was to assess how smallholders’ innovativeness, knowledge, capacities and other resources can be tapped into, strengthened and linked effectively to those of other stakeholders – public or private, local or global – to contribute to reducing rural poverty and improving food security in Africa.

JOLISAA aimed to support this message through:

- A comprehensive assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches to, and experiences with, multi-stakeholder innovation at various scales
- Better understanding of the factors that push and pull the out-scaling of innovations and the role of both scientific and local knowledge in this process
- Shared insights into the actual and potential roles of local and external stakeholders (both public and private) in triggering and sustaining innovation.
The project compiled several case studies through semi-structured interviews, multi-stakeholder workshops, field observations comparative analysis.

The key concepts used to structure the JOLISAA Framework were
- Innovation: type, nature, domain
- Stakeholders’ roles and interactions
- Role of Local knowledge
- Innovation triggers and drivers
- Innovation phase or maturity
- Scale at which the innovation is taking place
- Gender dimensions
- Impact
- Etc.
What can we learn from the successes in the field of agricultural innovations? The objective of this project is to evaluate and learn from recent experiences in Africa in terms of agricultural innovation in order to determine more specific relevance of the priorities for research and policy and meet the expectations of small producers and other rural stakeholders.

JOLISAAs overall objective was to assess and learn jointly from recent experiences across Africa about how innovation processes involving multiple stakeholders & types of knowledge operate in order to identify concrete priorities for research, practice and policy for addressing the needs and demands of smallholders and other rural actors.

JOLISAA produced a collection of 57 general innovation cases and 13 more detailed cases


EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION CASES:
- Wild Raiboos production & fair trade export (South Africa)
- Organic pineapple or cotton production and marketing (Benin)
- Development of a national ginger drink industry (Benin)
- Linking sorghum farmers to breweries (Kenya)
- Engaging small holders in commercial wool production (South Africa)
- Domestication of aguti grasscutters (Benin)
- Multi-stakeholder platforms for wetland rice production (Benin)
- Improving diets of hensin Zulu communities by relying on local innovation and knowledge (South Africa)
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Joint Learning About Innovation Systems In African Agriculture

Acronym: 
JOLISAA

Runtime: 
01.02.2010 to 31.07.2013

Status: 
completed project

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CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONAL EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

Field: Fishing and aquaculture, Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (France)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Dr. TRIOMPHE Bernard

Website: http://www.cirad.fr

Phone: +33-467-615614

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KENYA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (Kenya)

Contact person: Dr. KAMAU Geoffrey

Website: http://www.kari.org

Phone: +254-204183301

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STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (Netherlands)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. JOLANDA Van Den Berg

Website: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/lei.htm

Phone: +31-703358165

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STICHTING ETC

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development (Netherlands)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. WATERS-BAYER Ann

Website: http://www.etc-international.org

Phone: +31-304-32600

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STICHTING INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT ORIENTED RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURE

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (Netherlands)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. HAWKINS Richard

Website: http://www.icra-edu.org

Phone: +31-317422938

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UNIVERSITE D ABOMEY CALAVI UAC -FACULTÉ DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES FSA

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (Benin)

Role in project: Associated partner

Contact person: Dr. VODOUHE Davo Simplice

Website: http://www.bj.refer.org

Phone: +229-95607868

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UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Field: Agriculture, Scientific research and development, Education (South Africa)

Contact person: Dr. STEVENS Joe

Website: http://www.up.ac.za

Phone: +27-124203249

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