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JOint Learning about Innovation Systems in African Agriculture

Objective

The JOLISAA project aims 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 will be synthesised by combining joint case-study assessment with capacity-strengthening and networking at various scales. Case studies will tackle diverse innovation types and scales: from natural resource management to production and agribusiness, from local initiatives to national and regional ones. Joint learning will be fostered by engaging diverse stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners and policymakers. The project will deliver relevant, pragmatic and collectively validated recommendations to the EC and to African decision-makers for future research, practice and policy. Over 30 months, a small consortium of European and African partners involving highly experienced and motivated research, development, capacity-strengthening and networking institutions will facilitate an iterative process consisting of five interlinked thematic Work Packages (WPs). In WP1, an analytic framework and an operational approach will be developed based on an innovation-system perspective and carefully adapted to the context and experiences of three regions in Africa. WP2 will involve 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 will be strengthened, in close interaction with case-study development. In WP4, lessons will be shared and discussed within existing national innovation platforms across Africa and with European/international institutions. WP5 will compile and share the project outputs and deliver them in formats suitable for a range of audiences, from academia to policymakers.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 322 624
Administrative Contact
Bernard Triomphe (Dr.)

Participants (6)

STICHTING ETC
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 127 224
Address
Kastanjelaan 5
3833AN Leusden
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Nicoliene Oudwater (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 122 408
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Van Den Berg Jolanda (Dr.)
STICHTING INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT ORIENTED RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 108 498
Address
Lawickse Allee 11
6701 AN Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arno J. Maatman (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 118 813
Address
Lynnwood Road
0002 Pretoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joe Stevens (Dr.)
KENYA AGRICULTURAL AND LIVESTOCK RESEARCH ORGANISATION
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 103 255
Address
Kaptagat Road Kalro Headquarters Loresho
00200 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ephraim Mukisira (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE D'ABOMEY-CALAVI
Benin
EU contribution
€ 96 835
Address
Campus Universitaires D Abomey
01 Abomey Calavi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Davo Simplice Vodouhe (Dr.)