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April 17, 2019Knowledge Portal
Access to Seeds Index 2019: Western and Central Africa

This Access to Seeds Index evaluates the performance of the seed industry in taking the lead in reaching smallholder farmers in Western and Central Africa. Only half of the 23 evaluated seed companies in the region have breeding activities. A large part of the youngest varieties in the portfolio of regional companies is older than five years. »

October 18, 2018Knowledge Portal
The rise of the seed-producing cooperative in Western and Central Africa

This report evaluated seed-producing cooperatives across Western and Central Africa to explore whether farmer-led cooperatives can play a role delivering new varieties of seeds into the hands of farmers. Seed-producing cooperatives are increasingly being formally recognized as producers of certified seed.  »

January 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
How climate drives hunger: Food security climate analyses, methodologies & lessons 2010-2016

This reports acts as a compendium of the main findings from food security climate analyses undertaken by WFP and partners around the world and documenting key lessons learnt from these efforts.  »

August 7, 2017Knowledge Portal
Systems analysis in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS): potentials and pitfalls

This working paper provides examples of ‘systems analysis’; describing the context, what was done, and how the outcomes informed broader research and development activities. Agricultural innovation systems (AIS) are complex, multi-layered, and can be difficult to define and analyse. »

May 1, 2017Knowledge Portal
Compositional dynamics of multilevel innovation platforms in agricultural research for development

Innovation platforms (IPs) form a popular vehicle in agricultural research for development (AR4D) to facilitate stakeholder interaction, agenda setting, and collective action toward sustainable agricultural development. This article in the Science and Public Policy Journal, aims to systematically research the dynamics of stakeholder composition throughout IPs and tries to analyze how seven ‘key functions’ of the innovation process are fulfilled. »

July 12, 2016Knowledge Portal
Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in the Central African Highlands: The need for institutional innovation

This study in the Agricultural Systems Journal identifies entry points for innovation for sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. An agricultural innovation systems approach is used to provide a holistic image of (relations between) constraints faced by different stakeholder groups, the dimensions and causes of these constraints, and intervention levels, timeframes and types of innovations needed. The data shows that constraints for sustainable intensification of agricultural systems are mainly of economic and institutional nature. »