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Extension and Innovation

Recent works that we’ve been doing since last few months.

Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in Transition – a reflection paper

Innovation is an important challenge for European agriculture, but little is known about the performance of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS). This report contributes towards this knowledge, with the reports on experiences from different countries and regions. 

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Applying innovation system conceptin agricultural research for development: A learning module

This module is aimed primarily at researchers in the agricultural innovation system. These include, researchers in national, regional and international research institutes, university and college lecturers, students and, private sector research agencies who are concerned and working towards enhancing agricultural innovation.

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Agricultural Innovation Systems: A Framework for Analysing the Role of the Government

This report reviews recent trends in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) and discusses the impact of a wide range of policies on the creation and diffusion of innovation in the agricultural and agrifood sector. It suggests a framework for analysing the role of governments in fostering increased innovation, with a view to helping to identify practical actions that governments could take to improve productivity growth, sustainable use of resources. 

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Innovation Africa: Enriching Farmers’ Livelihoods

This book covers new conceptual and methodological developments in agricultural innovation systems, and showcases recent on-the-ground experiences in different contexts in Africa. The contributions show how innovation is the outcome of social learning through interaction of individuals and organizations in both creating and applying knowledge. It brings examples of how space and incentives have been created to promote collaboration between farmers, research, extension and the private sector to develop better technologies and institutional arrangements that can alleviate poverty. In 25 broad-ranging chapters the book reflects cutting-edge thinking and practice in support of innovation processes in agriculture and management of natural resources.

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Youth and agriculture:Key challenges and concrete solutions

The overall aim of this publication is to provide development practitioners, including youth leaders, youth associations and producers’ organizations, with insights into plausible solutions to overcome core challenges, providing examples from various countries.

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Facilitators’ guide book for farmers’ field schools

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Strengthening Agricultural Extension and Advisory Systems : Procedures for Assessing, Transforming, and Evaluating Extension Systems

The purpose of this book is to provide information on how to transform and strengthen pluralistic agricultural extension and advisory systems in moving toward the broader goal of increasing farm income and improving rural livelihoods. The focus of this book is primarily on the technical knowledge, management skills, and information services that small-scale farm households will need to improve their livelihoods in the rapidly changing global economy. In addition, the book will also include information on how extension should help all types of farmers in dealing with escalating natural resource problems, including climate change. The primary focus of this book will be a comparative analysis of different extension strategies, organizational models, institutional innovations, and resource constraints and how an extension system might be transformed and strengthened through specific policy and organizational changes as well as needed investments.

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Communication for Rural Innovation Rethinking Agricultural Extension

In the first four chapters of this book we set out to put into context the concept and societal role of what was previously labelled ‘agricultural extension’. In Chapter 1 we outline the main challenges that agriculture is facing today and the implications this has for communicative intervention practice. This is followed by a discussion of the changing ideas regarding agricultural extension at the conceptual level (Chapter 2). We explain the evolution of the concept of ‘extension’ into the notion of ‘commun- ication for innovation’. The political and ethical dimensions of communication for innovation are discussed in Chapter 3, while two basic approaches to communicative intervention (the instrumental and the interactive approach) are discussed Chapter 4. In the subsequent chapters of this book we will further explore the details and implications of changing views on agricultural extension.

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Dynamics of Rural Innovation A primer for emerging professional

This book is about how agricultural and rural development professionals, and especially young ones, can be enablers and facilitators of such ‘bottom-up’ innovation. It is a book of inspirational stories about how different people from farmers to extension officers, business leaders, traders, NGO staff, and policy-makers have collaborated to make new and successful things happen. The book is targeted towards undergraduate (BSc) and masters (MSc) students in Africa, as well as development practi- tioners aspiring to use innovation systems thinking in their work.

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Enhancing Agricultural Innovation- “How to Go Beyond the Strengthening of Research Systems

This paper seeks to assess the usefulness of the innovation systems concept in guiding investments to support the development of agricultural technology. To that end, it develops an operational agricultural innovation systems concept for the Bank’s client countries and collaborators. This paper does not challenge the importance of investing in science and technology capacity, which is well recognized in innovation systems theory. Rather it focuses on the additional insights and types of interventions that can be derived from an innovation systems perspective and that can influence the generation and use of science and technology for economic development.

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