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TAP Partners Assembly and Side events

  • 13th November 2020
  • by secretary
Agrinatura News

16-20 NOVEMBER 2020


The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is a G20 initiative, officially launched in 2012, with a mandate to work towards bridging the capacity gap for agricultural innovation in the tropics. Its objective is to increase the coherence and effectiveness of capacity development interventions for agricultural innovation systems, so they can lead to sustainable change and impact at scale. TAP is supported by the European Union (EU) and its Secretariat is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Since its launch, TAP and its 49 Partners have embraced the Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) perspective, acting as a multilateral dynamic facilitation mechanism that enables better coherence and greater impact of Capacity development interventions in AIS. TAP major achievements include the development and piloting of a Common Framework on Capacity Development for AIS (2015-2019), as well as practical tools and capacity development manuals, the integration of the TAP concept and approaches in to Strategic Plans, programmes and projects of the Partners, and development of TAPipedia, a global knowledge platform on Capacity Development for AIS.

TAP partners are contributing to the promotion of the TAP Common Framework and implementation of TAP Action Plan through various initiatives and programmes. Such contributions are periodically disseminated and shared with all partners through regular TAP Newsletters. In 2019, TAP partners were re-engaged in the Capacity Development Expert Group (CDEG) and members of this group will participate in an e-discussion on the review of the Common Framework (CF) documents, in light of the lessons and experiences from the application of the CF. In this context, the seventh TAP Partners Assembly will be a key event to bring TAP Partners together to discuss the progress of implementation of the TAP Action Plan and to discuss future work plan and improved coordination and collaboration among the partners.

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2020 | 14:00-15:30 CET

Developing Capacities for Agricultural Innovation Systems: Lessons from Implementing a Common Framework in 8 countries
Side event organized by the European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development (Agrinatura) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations



Tim Chancellor, Natural Resources Institute/ Agrinatura Vice-President: Presentation of Agrinatura and itscapacity development initiatives

Selvaraju Ramasamy, Research and Extension Unit, FAO Office of Innovation

Using capacity-based approaches to strengthen agricultural innovation system (AIS) is quite new in the area of agricultural development. Usually, capacities of individuals and organizations are seen as indirect (or unplanned) outcomes of the traditional agricultural development projects. In 2015, FAO and Agrinatura engaged together in the European Union funded Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project (2015-2019) in order to test and operationalize this new way of thinking and acting, which puts human capital and capacities to innovate at the frontline of the support to agri-food system transformations. The joint work involved eight pilot countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Also activities at global level were planned to facilitate the engagement of other partners in the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) hosted by FAO, and aiming at promoting agricultural innovation in the tropics.

At project end, Agrinatura and FAO conducted a Transversal Analysis of the outcomes and impacts of the CDAIS project across the eight pilot countries. The objectives were to provide insights into what made the CDAIS project work in practice: how did it contribute to improve innovation capacities at country level and to lead to sustainable impacts in agri-food systems?

Three major results came out:
1) A new vision for scaling innovation: different types of capacities to innovate need to be scaled-up at three strategic levels of the AIS: the innovation niche partnerships, the innovation support service (ISS) providers, the policy actors;

2) A new vision for strengthening national AIS at policy level: facilitating evidence-based dialogues between niche actors, ISS providers and policy makers;

3) Three efficient strategies that project-based approaches can employ in tackling capacity development (CD) for AIS issues: AIS-embedded and participatory project architecture; demand-led approach; multi-level and process-led approach.

This side-event aims at sharing the key lessons from CDAIS project and shaping visions and actions to mainstream functional capacities for AIS in the development agenda at global and national levels. Discussions will be rooted in the learning review of the results of the CDAIS project across the eight pilot countries and in the testimonies of CD experts who were involved in the project.

Session 1: Successes and challenges for scaling capacities to innovate – lessons from CDAIS
– R. Hawkins, International Centre for development-oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA)/Agrinatura: The CDAIS project in a nutshell
– A. Toillier, FAO/French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)/Agrinatura: Which capacities were developed and how they contributed to agricultural innovation across the 8 countries
– M. Bucciarelli, FAO: The importance of facilitated and evidence-based Policy dialogues for strengthening national AIS
– R. Guillonnet, ICRA/Agrinatura: Successes and challenges for strengthening AIS through project-based approaches
Session 2: And now what? A call to action to make CDAIS results sustainable
– R. Wahaab, ISS provider, ex-CDAIS innovation facilitator: Bangladesh: Challenges to developing Innovation Support Services for the agricultural sector in countries (example from Bangladesh and Burkina Faso)
– S. Eshetu, PhD, Capacity and Institutional Development Specialist, African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), ex-CDAIS innovation facilitator: Challenges for bringing together and coordinating organizations providing ISS at national level
– O. Muhinda, Assistant FAO Representative Rwanda, Challenges to improving the policy environment for AIS and ways forward

Sum up and broader view from Agrinatura perspective: the LIFT support program to the EU-funded Desira Initiative

More details and side events find here: Side events_TAP PA