Review of the factors contributing to the sustainability of the agricultural innovation platform

Paper Details

Review Paper 01/05/2018
Views (286) Download (11)

Review of the factors contributing to the sustainability of the agricultural innovation platform

Humphrey Putaa, Bukaza Chachage, Liliane Pasape
Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.12( 5), 85-99, May 2018.
Certificate: IJAAR 2018 [Generate Certificate]


The study reviewed factors contributing to the sustainability of the agricultural innovation platform (AIP) in Africa. The study found that the sustainability of the AIP is influenced by the numbers of factors which are; motivation, commitment and ownership, capacity building, resources mobilization and linkages. The study recommend that for sustainability of the AIPs; motivation of the stakeholders should start at the initial stage of platform formation, the interest of the stakeholders must be incorporate into platform activities in order to motivate stakeholders, business model should be developed by the platform on how financial resources should obtained and ways of sustained its sources. Moreover, membership contribution should be emphasized, because it can generate revenue and develop sense of ownership. Capacity building in term of training, fields visit, demonstrations, and workshops it develop capacity of actors to innovate so as to address their constraints in the given value chain. In addition, training facilitation techniques to the actors is important and also facilitation role should rotate among the platform actors. Horizontal linkage that connects platforms of the same level should be emphasized in order to enable stakeholders to learn how other platforms address the similar issues. Lastly, vertical linkage should be encouraged to enabling stakeholder at higher level to learn and see the real situation of the community at the local level.


Adekunle A, Fatunbi A, Jones M. 2010. How to set up an innovation platform. A concept guide for the sub-Saharan African Challenge program (SSA CP). Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Accra, Ghana.

Adekunle AA Ellis-Jones J, Ajibefun I, Nyikal RA, Bangali S, Fatunbi O, Ange A. 2012. Agricultural innovation in sub-Saharan Africa: experiences from multi-stakeholder approaches. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana.

Adekunle AA, Fatunbi AO, Buruchara R, Nyamwaro S. 2013. Intergrated Agricultural Research for Development: From concept to practice. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana.

Adekunle AA, Fatunbi AO. 2012. Approaches for setting-up multi-stakeholder platforms for Agricultural Research and Development. World Applied Sciences Journal 16(7), 981-988.

Aerni P, Nichterlein K, Rudgard S, Sonnino A. 2015. Making agricultural innovation systems (AIS) work for development in tropical countries. Sustainability 7(1), 831-850 Available at: http://doi:10. 3390/su7010831.

Akpo E, Monyo ES, Rubyogo J. 2016. Setting and facilitation of functional innovation platform: Training of TL III project support teams in groundnut and common bean seed systems in Tanzania and Uganda. Training manual, Tropical legume III (TL III).

Amankwah K, Shaltovna A, Kelboro G, Hornidge AK. 2015. Acritical review of the follow-the-innovation approach: Stakeholder collaboration and agricultural innovation development (No.138) ZEF working paper series.

Amede T, Sanginga P. 2014. Innovation Platforms for sustainable land management in East Africa landscapes: Stewardship, incentives and challenges. Journal of soil and water conservation 69(4), 127A-132A.

Ampadu-Ameyaw R, Omari R, Essegbey OG, Dry S. 2016. Status of Agricultural innovations, innovation platforms, and innovations Investment.2015 PARI project country report: Republic of Ghana. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana.

Birachi E, van Rooney A, Some H, Maute F, Cadilhon J, Adekunle A, Swaans K. 2013. Innovation platforms for agricultural value chain development. Innovation platforms practice brief 6. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. Available at: http://r4d.dfid.

Boogaard B, Dror I, Adenkunle A, Le Borge E, Van Rooney A, Lundy M. 2013a. Developing innovation capacity through innovation platforms. Innovation platforms practice brief 8. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. Available at: outputs/WaterfoodCP/Brief8.pdf

Boogaard BK, Schut M, Klerkx L, Leeuwis C, Duncan A, Cullen B. 2013b. Ctitical issues for reflection when designing and implementing Research and Development in innovation platforms.

Brouwer H, Woodhil J, Hemmati M, Verhoosel K, vanVugt S. 2016. The MSP Guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships. Wageningen University and Research, CDI, and Ruby, UK: Practical Action Publishing. Available at:

Cadilhon JJ, Pham ND, Maass BL. 2016. The Tanga dairy platform: Fostering innovations for more efficient dairy chain coordination in Tanzania. International journal of food system dynamics 7(2), 81-9.

Dangbegnon C, Tarfa BD, Mando A, Amapu IY, Ezue SK, Ahmed B, Saleh MK, Abu ST. 2011. Improved Maize –Legume production system in Nigeria. In: Nederlof ES, Wongtschowski M, Van der Lee F. Eds. Putting heads together: Agricultural innovation platforms in practice. Amsterdam, Netherlands: KIT Publishers p.88-95.

Dror I. 2015. Capacity development, and innovation systems and platforms. Capacity development brief 5. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. Available at: https://cgspace.

Duncan A, Teufel N, Ravichandran T, Hendrickx S, Ballantyne P. 2015.Innovation platforms to improve smallholder dairying at scale: Experiences from the MILKIT project in India and Tanzania.

Dusengemungu L, Kibwika P, Kiazze FB. 2014. Enhancing Food Security Through innovation platforms: Experiences from Research into use project in Rwanda. Global Disclosure of Economics and Business 3(1), 23-30.

Dusengemungu L, Kibwika P, Kyazze F. 2016. Assessing the capacity for effective multi-stakeholder participatation in innovation platforms: The case of Research-Into-Use Project in Rwanda. African journal of Rural Development 1(1), 1-11.

Dusengemungu L. 2011. Capacity for sustaining agricultural innovation platforms in Rwanda: A case study of research into use project. Msc dissertation, Makerere University, Uganda.

Education Research Network for West and Central Africa. 2010. Resource mobilization. practical mini-guide for ERNWACA. Available at: In Resource Mobilisation. pdf

Elo S, Kyngas H. 2008.The qualitative content analysis process. Journal of Advanced Nursing   62(1), 107-115.

Eneku GA, Wagoire WW, Nakanwagi J, Tukahiriwa JMB. 2013. Innovation platforms: A tool for scaling up sustainable land management innovations in the highlands of eastern Uganda. African Crop Science Journal 21(1), 751-760.

Fatunbi AO, Adekunle AA, Youdeowai A, Odularu GO, Adisa SA, Ohiomoba I, Akinbamijo AA. 2015. A Resource Manual for Training in Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) in Innovation Platforms. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Fatunbi AO, Youdeowei A, Ohiomoba SI, Adekunle AA, Akinbanijo OO. 2016. Agricultural innovation platforms: Framework for improving livelihoods in Africa. Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA).

Gildemacher P, Oruku L, Kamau-Mbuthia E. 2011. Impact and sustainability. In: Nederlof ES, Wongtschowski M, Van der Lee F. Eds. Putting heads together: Agricultural innovation platforms in practice. Amsterdam, Netherlands: KIT Publishers p. 55-67.

Homan-KeeTui S, Adekunle A, Lundy M, Tucker J, Birachi E, Schut M, Klerkx L, Ballantyne PG, Duncan AJ, Cadilhon J, and Mundy P. 2013. What are innovation platforms? Innovation platforms practice Briefs 1.ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. Available at: outputs/waterfoodCP/Brief1.pdf7.

Homann-KeeTui S, Hendrickx S, Manyawu G, Rao KPC, Robinson L. 2015. Implementation innovation platforms: A guideline for Dryland Systems Research. Available at: http://oar.icrisat. org/id/eprint/9208.

Kawuma B, Ouma EA. 2016.Multi-stakehodler platforms for smallholder pig value chain development in Uganda.

Kusters K, Buck L, De Graaf M, Minang P, van Ooten C, Zagt R. 2017. Participatory planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Multi- stakeholder platforms in Integrated Landscape Initiatives. Environmental Management, 1-12 Available at:

Leeuwis C, Schut M, Waters- Bayer A, Mur R, Atta-Krah K, Douthwaite B. 2014. Capacity to innovate from a system CGIAR research program perspective. Panang, Malaysia: CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. Program Brief: AAS-2014-29.

Lema Z. 2014. Manual for innovation platform facilitators in Africa RISING Ethiopia sites.

Mahonge C. 2013. Factors behind sustainability of activities in the post-project period in Matengo highlands in Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Sustainability 3(3), 5.

Makini F, Kamau G, Makelo M, Adekunle W, Mburathi G, Misiko M, Dixon J. 2013. Operational field guide for developing and managing local agricultural innovation platforms.

Makini FW, Kamau G, Makelo M, Mose LO, Salasya B, Mulinge W, Ong’ala J. 2016. Status of Agricultural Innovations Platforms and Innovations Investment .PARI project country report: Republic of Kenya. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana.

Mulema AA, Mazur RE. 2015. Motivation and participation in multi-stakeholder innovation platforms in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Community Development Journal 51(2), 212-228.

Mulema AA. 2012. Organization of innovation platforms for agricultural research and development in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. PhD thesis and dissertation. Iowa state university, United States.

Mur R, Pyburn R, Sanyang S. 2014. Facilitating stakeholder interaction. In: Sanyang S, Pyburn R, Mur R, and Audet-Belanger, G. Eds. Against the grain and to the roots: Maize and cassava innovation platforms in West and Central Africa. Arnhem, Netherlands: LM Publishers p. 151-169.

Mur R, Pyburn R. 2014. Getting started. In: Sanyang S, Pyburn R, Mur R, and Audet-Belanger, G. Eds. Against the grain and to the roots: Maize and cassava innovation platforms in West and Central Africa. Arnhem, Netherlands: LM Publishers p.135-147.

Nederlof ES, Pyburn R. Eds. 2012.One finger cannot lift a rock: Facilitating innovation platforms to trigger institutional change in West Africa. KIT Publishers, Amsterdam.

Nederlof S, Gildemacher P, Heemskerk W, van der Lee F. 2011b. Facilitation of innovation: Experiences of RIU innovation Platforms in Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia. Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) Publishers, Amsterdam.

Nederlof S, Wongtschowski M, van der Lee F. Eds. 2011a. Putting heads together. Agricultural innovation platforms in practice. Bulletin 396, KIT Publishers, Amsterdam.

Nyikahadzoi K, Pali P, Fatunbi AO, Olarinde LO, Njuki J, Adenkunle AO. 2012. Stakeholder participatation in innovation platform and implications for Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D). International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 2(3), 92-100.

OECD. 2005. Olso Manual: Guidelines for collecting and interpreting innovation data, third edition .Paris: OECD.

Pali P, Swaans K. 2013. Guidelines for innovation platforms: Facilitation, monitoring and evaluation. ILRI Manual 8. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya.

Posthumus H, Wongtschowski M. 2014. Innovation Platforms. Note 1.GFRAS Good Practice Notes for Extension and Advisory Services. GFRAS: Lindua, Switzerland.

Priesemeister F. 2015. Setting up an innovation platform for agribusiness opportunities in South Africa. A systems analysis of the preconditions for setting up an innovation platform to stimulate sustainable economic growth in Giyani, South Africa. Msc thesis, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

Pyburn R, Mur R. 2014. Making a sense of practice. In: Sanyang S, Pyburn R, Mur R, and Audet-Belanger. Eds. Against the grain and to the roots: Maize and cassava innovation platforms in West and Central Africa. Arnhem. LM Publishers p. 29-50.

Rogers BL, Coates J. 2015. Sustaining Development: A synthesis of results from a four –country study of sustainability and exit strategies among development food assistance projects.

Rogers E. 2003. Diffusion of innovations. Third edition, Free Press, New York.

Schut M, Andersson JA, Dror I, Kamanda J, Sartas M, Mur R, Kassam S, Brouwer H, Stoian D, Devaux A, Velasco C, Gramzow A, Dubois T, Flor RJ, Gummert M, Buizer D, McDougall C, Davis K, Homan-Kee Tui S, Lundy M. 2017. Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development. Decision support for research, development and funding agencies on how to design, budget and implement impactful innovation platforms. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University (WUR) under the CGIAR Research Program on Roots Tubers (RTB). p.88. June.2017.

Swaans K, Boogaard B, Bendapudi R, Taye H, Hendrickx S, Klerkx L. 2014. Operationalizing inclusive innovation: lessons from innovation platforms in livestock value chains in India and Mozambique. Innovation and Development 4(2), 239-257.

Tenywa MM, Rao KPC, Tukahirwa JB, Buruchara R, Adekunle AA, Mugabe J, Wanjiku C, Mutabazi S, Fungo B, Kashaija NIM, Pali P, Mapatano S, Ngaboyisonga C, Farrow A, Njuki J, Abenakyo A. 2011. Agricultural innovation platform as a tool for development oriented research: Lessons and challenges in the formation and operationalization. Learning Publics Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Studies 2(1), 118-146.

The Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 2012. Capacity Building and Strengthening Framework. Available at: /documents/organization/197182.pdf.

Tucker J, Schut M, Klerkx L. 2013. Linking action at different levels through innovation platforms. Innovation Platforms Practice Brief 9.ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya. Available at: outputs/waterfoodCP/Brief9.pdf.

Tukahirwa JMB, Tenywa M, Kakuru W, Kamugisha R, Nampala MP. 2013. Establishing Functional Innovation Platforms for Scaling Sustainable Land Management. Handbook for Facilitators. ICRAF publication series p.45.

van Rooney AR, Ramshaw P, Moyo M, Stirzaker R, Bjornlund H. 2017. Theory and application of Agricultural Innovation Platforms for improved irrigation scheme management in Southern Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development 33(5), 804-823 Available at 10.1080/07900627.2017.1321530.

Wennick B, Ochola W. 2011. Designing innovation platforms. In: Nederlof ES, Wongtschowski M, Van der Lee F. Eds. Putting heads together: Agricultural innovation platforms in practice. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers p. 30- 42.