Scaling up dissemination and adoption of agricultural technologies using innovation platforms—lessons from Eastern and Central Africa
This publication (PDF) by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and partners, aims to contribution to the growing body of knowledge on the application of innovation platforms and value chain framework in agricultural research for development in the region. The book provides practical experiences, lessons learned and guiding principles of the project “Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa” (DONATA) between 2008 and 2013. The book is organized into three parts. Part I introduces approach and processes and reviews theoretical frameworks. Part II summarizes 19 case studies, which provide an in-depth description of country experiences from DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The case studies are clustered into four themes: (i) seed systems; (ii) grain and root production; (iii) product transformation, marketing and income; and (iv) nutrition and health. Part III draws an analytical synthesis of the different country experiences and discusses similarities and differences in the way the innovation platforms have functioned and supported scaling out and up of technologies for each crop and how these processes contributed to observed outcomes.