Knowledge for Development

From Maastricht to Montpellier: Lessons from the CTA Capacity Building Programme on Analyzing the Agricultural, Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) Systems (2004 – 2009)

Author: Maurice Bolo & Judith Ann Francis

Date: 21/02/2011

Introduction:

Since 2004, CTA has contributed to building ACP capacity on understanding, analyzing and strengthening agricultural, science, technology and innovation (ASTI) systems. CTA has supported the conduct of numerous ASTI case studies focusing on various agricultural commodities of importance to ACP countries using the innovation system approach.


 

Since 2004, CTA has contributed to building ACP capacity on understanding, analyzing and strengthening agricultural, science, technology and innovation (ASTI) systems. CTA has supported the conduct of numerous ASTI case studies focusing on various agricultural commodities of importance to ACP countries using the innovation system approach.

The criterion for choosing the commodities, was based on either their contribution to food security, export earnings, export diversification or under threat from loss of preferential markets. The motive was clear: to build capacity of ACP professionals to better understand and apply the innovation systems approach in analyzing the performance of the agricultural sector in their countries and develop a network of experts. The means to achieve that motive was through training followed by the application of the approach to undertaking a national case study. CTA provided the opportunity for the ACP professionals to implement/apply the skills by availing both financial resources and technical support to enable them and their organizations to understand innovation processes. The case studies were implemented by following a methodological framework designed by the technical teams (CTA/UNU-INTECH/KIT) with additional input from the ACP senior level experts and professionals.

In 2010, CTA convened an Expert workshop which had a two-fold purpose:

(i) to take stock of the work done so far; consolidate lessons, challenges and successes from the programme and;

(ii) to deliberate on ways of furthering the capacity building efforts and mainstream innovation systems approach in the ACP region.

This expert meeting was intended to add to the process of reflection, make connections and prepare for further testing. To that extent, the expert meeting highlighted a number of areas that require further insight and more in-depth analysis and dialogue. The recommendations are geared towards informing and improving future work on innovation systems as well as mainstreaming the innovation systems approach in the ACP region. The report summarizes the outputs of the deliberations.

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