Pathways for innovation study

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Learning from pathways for innovation for SAI in Brazil, India and Kenya (expected October 2021)

Innovation in sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) is challenging. Changing agricultural systems at scale normally means working across partners at different levels to make changes in policies and social institutions, along with technical practices. What can be learned from past successes? CoSAI has commissioned a three-country study that is systematically looking at SAI innovation success cases at scale in three types of agriculture: small-scale, medium- to large-scale, and urban and peri-urban. It examines which factors led to success and how the cases measure up in terms of meeting diverse SAI objectives (economic, environmental, social) and in managing the trade-offs between these. The country studies will be complemented by a global review of case studies.

‘Agricultural system’ is understood here to include agricultural production or post-production (but excluding consumer and retail), and is related to natural resource management (e.g. agroforestry). Aquaculture and fish-crop systems, but not capture fisheries, can be included.

The three country case studies are being developed by Agroicone (Brazil), CEEW (India), and Resource Plan (Kenya), and will use a common framework of analysis to draw out common lessons as well as context-specific findings. The study aims to extract lessons for practitioners and investors in innovation in SAI, based on concrete examples, to guide future investment. The inception reports have already been submitted and the country teams are moving forward with the study.