Capacity for sustaining agricultural innovation platforms in Rwanda: A case study of research into use project

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The research was conducted in Rwanda on four agricultural Innovation Platforms (IPs). These IPs focus on cassava, round potato, maize production and farmers’ associations. Capacity building is vital to sustain these platforms beyond the project duration. RIU funding will end in 2011.Therefore, this study was set up to assess whether the IP concept works or not. Focus group discussions, individual interviews, observation and capacity needs scoring were the major study approaches. Results show tremendous achievements in capacity building. Success of IP is mainly centred around IPs establishment process, institutional arrangements, incentives and capacities needed by various actors. Results of this study will be used by DFID, RIU managers, Ministries of Agriculture and NGOs.
La recherché a été menée au Rwanda sur quatre plates-formes d’innovation agricole (IPs). Ceux-ci se concentrent sur le manioc, les pommes de terre rondes, la production de maïs et les associations d’agriculteurs. Le renforcement des capacités est essentiel pour maintenir ces plates-formes au-delà de la durée du projet. Le financement RIU prendra fin en 2011. Par conséquent, cette étude a été mise en place pour évaluer si le concept IP fonctionne ou non. Des groupes de discussion, des entretiens individuels, l’observation et les besoins marquants en capacités ont été les principaux approches de l’étude. Les resultants montrent des réalisations considérables dans le renforcement des capacités. Le succès des plates-formes IP est principalement centré autour de processus de création des IP, les arrangements institutionnels, les incitations et les capacités requises par les différents acteurs. Les résultats de cette étude seront utilisés par DFID, les gestionnaires RIU, les ministères de l’Agriculture et les ONG.
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2010
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East Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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1577-1581
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme socio-economics".