Webinar- Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research and innovation community around the topic of capacity development. 

In this webinar, TAP Secretariat will share a framework and process being applied with its partners and Partners in GFAR to facilitate capacity development for agricultural innovation; “innovation facilitators” who are working on the ground will share their observations and learnings in their country contexts.

What are innovation facilitators and why do we need them?

The challenges of eradicating hunger, improving rural livelihoods and protecting the environment are real and complex. So, our solutions must be creative and innovative. We know that no single actor can come up with the solutions that address the wide array of issues that agriculture is faced with today.

Innovation, be it technological, institutional or social, emerges from collective thinking and action. It is a process by which multiple stakeholders put knowledge to use. Networks of researchers, extension agents, producers, agribusiness and other actors as well as the policies, attitudes and beliefs influencing their behaviours, act as catalysts for innovation. Together, they play a critical role in shaping food systems by recognizing and mutually sharing indigenous and scientific knowledge and stimulating collective learning.

To connect and collaborate effectively, facilitation is essential.

The Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS), an EU financed project, jointly implemented by Agrinatura, FAO and national partners in eight countries, recognises the crucial importance of facilitation for innovation. CDAIS supports the implementation of the TAP Action Plan by funding the development of the Common Framework and “validating” it in 8 countries and strengthen their capacities through the development of dedicated teams of national innovation facilitators.

To learn more about innovation facilitators, register today for “Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The value of facilitators”. The facilitators will share their initial experiences in assessing capacities and capacity development needs, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. A desired outcome of the webinar is to distill experiences and best practices that can be applied to strengthen or improve these processes.

Host: Karin Nichterlein, TAP Secretariat and FAO CDAIS Lead Technical Officer, will give a brief introduction to TAP.

Moderator: Peter Casier

Presenters: Innovation Facilitators, Project Managers or CD Experts working in CDAIS pilot countries:

  • Christian Grovermann: Associate Agricultural Officer at FAO
  • Gilbert Kayitare, CDAIS Country Project Manager; Rwanda
  • Veronica Bejarano, Cooperativa Lempira Sur; Honduras
  • Eveline Sawadogo, Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA); Burkina Faso
  • Others to be confirmed
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March 1, 2017 - March 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



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Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) and Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR)

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