A recent study by ICRAF presents information on tree-crop-livestock farming system constraints in the four Africa RISING project sites in Ethiopia. It identifies local innovation platforms as a key mechanism to prioritize and work together on problems and solutions in each site. Specific roles and implementation modalities are set out.
The platforms will strengthen existing partnerships and build new partnerships among stakeholders (research institutions, agricultural development and extension sectors, policy makers, farmers, higher education, private sectors etc…). They help to share information, plan, implement and monitor development and research activities jointly to address current and future problems of the farming systems in the studied sites.
The innovation platform could be established mainly at Woreda levels with good innovation networks at Kebele levels. There is the need to look at Innovation platforms dynamically and pay more attention to mechanisms that strengthen feedback, learning and adaptive management in innovation processes.