Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Annual meeting of the European Initiative for Agricultural Research and Development (EIARD)

12-13 January 2015. Berne, Switzerland. The European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) is a permanent informal ARD policy coordination platform between the European Commission, Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway.

EIARD is implemented by a European Coordination Group, which meets annually, and a smaller Working Group, which ensures the continuing activities of EIARD.

Patrick Dugan, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Deputy Director General of WorldFish, made a presentation about  "Capacity to innovate in the CGIAR Strategy and Results Frame (SRF)"and the key outcome being sought in their work:enhanced capacity to innovate. 
In the PPT, Slides 15 and 16 explain in a nutshell what capacity to innovate (C2I) is and how research can enhance it, and Slide 19 shows how C2I can be measured. This is based on the brief on Capacity to innovate from a system CGIAR research program perspective.

Patrick also drew the attention to a similar approach being taken in the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme coordinated by the Soil Association and the Organic Research Centre in the UK (see article on small-scale agricultural innovation through decentralised farmer-led research, published in Nature.

Related PAEPARD blog posts:
Global alliance to boost local capacity to innovate in agriculture
24th and 25th June 2013. Montpellier
Capacity to innovate from a system CGIAR research program perspective
October 2014. 11 pages

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