CGIAR's state of the art publication on innovation platforms

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has long recognized the potential of innovation platforms in this respect, and thus evaluated the mature innovation platforms landscape with a case study competition. The result is a new book featuring examples of successful innovation platforms.


What is an innovation platform? Generally, it describes a space for learning and change. It consists of a group of individuals (who often represent organizations) with different backgrounds and interests, ranging from farmers through traders, food processors and researchers to government officials. Stakeholders come together to identify problems, targets and opportunities. Optimally, they then go ahead to jointly implement activities to achieve their goals.

Who in agricultural research and development is working with innovation platforms? How efficient are these platforms? To answer these questions, Humidtropics – a research program by CGIAR – launched a competition in late 2014. Since case study writing is vastly different from writing articles for publication in scientific journals, the authors of the selected best abstracts were invited to a one-week writeshop at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenia, in early 2015. During this week, the facilitators transformed scientists to storytellers who should capture the attention of the broad public with their papers by using empathetic language and skilful writing.

Further information


Dror, I., Cadilhon, J.-J., Schut, M., Misiko. M., Maheshwari, S. (Eds.) Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Development: Evaluating the mature innovation platforms landscape. Routledge, London, UK.