Innovation Pathways study

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Learning from pathways for innovation for SAI in Brazil, India and Kenya (expected November 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 environmental, social, and economic SAI objectives and in managing the trade-offs between them. 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 (excluding consumer and retail), and is related to natural resource management (e.g. agroforestry). Aquaculture and fish-crop systems, though not capture fisheries, are 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 final draft reports have already been submitted and CoSAI's Oversight Group will provide feedback for finalization in the coming weeks. The final report is expected for publication in November.