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Community Innovations in Sustainable Land Management

Lessons from the field in Africa, 1st Edition

Edited by Maxwell Mudhara, Saa Dittoh, Mohamed Sessay, William Critchley, Sabina Di Prima (Eds.), 2018, Routledge, 223 p., £25.89, ISBN: 9780367029708

It is increasingly recognized that land can be managed most sustainably through involving local communities. This book highlights the potential of a new methodology of uncovering and stimulating community initiatives in sustainable land management in Africa.

Analyses of four contrasting African countries (Ghana, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda) show that as communities directly face the challenges of land degradation, they are likely to develop initiatives themselves in terms of sustainable land management. These initiatives (or ‘innovations’) may be more appropriate and sustainable than those emanating from research stations located far from the communities. The book describes the rationale of the approach used, the set of steps followed, how the project managed to engage the communities to understand the importance of the activities they were undertaking, and how they were stimulated to improve and extend their initiatives and innovativeness.

Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Development

Evaluating the mature innovation platforms landscape, 1st Edition

Iddo Dror, Jean-Joseph Cadilhon, Marc Schut, Michael Misiko, Shreya Maheshwari (Eds.,) 2018, Routledge, £25.89, ISBN: 9781138588905

Innovation Platforms (IPs) form the core of many Agricultural Research for Development programmes, stimulating multi-stakeholder collaboration and action towards the realization of agricultural development outcomes. This book enhances the body of knowledge of IPs by focusing on mature IPs in agricultural systems research, including the crop and livestock sectors, and innovations in farmer cooperatives and agricultural extension services.

Resulting from an international IP case study competition, the examples reported will help the many actors involved with agricultural IPs worldwide reflect on their actions and achievements (or failures), and find tools to share their experience. Chapters feature case studies from Central Africa, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua and Uganda. Authors reflect critically on the impact of IPs and showcase their progress, providing an important sourcebook and inspiration for students, researchers and professionals.

Innovation Africa

Enriching Farmers’ Livelihoods, 1st Edition

Pascal Sanginga, Ann Waters-Bayer, Susan Kaaria, Jemimah Njuki, Chesha Wettasinha (eds.), 2008, £25.89, ISBN: 9781844076727

Agricultural research, extension and education can contribute greatly to enhancing agricultural production in a sustainable way and to reducing poverty in the developing world, but achievements have generally fallen short of expectations in Africa. In recent years, growing economic and demographic pressures – coupled with the entry of new market forces and actors – have created a need and an opportunity for more interactive approaches to development. Understanding the existing innovation processes, recognizing the potential for catalysing them and learning how to support joint innovation by different groups will be the key to success.

This book covers new conceptual and methodological developments in agricultural innovation systems, and showcases recent on-the-ground experiences in different contexts in Africa. The contributions show how innovation is the outcome of social learning through interaction of individuals and organizations in both creating and applying knowledge. In 25 broad-ranging chapters the book reflects cutting-edge thinking and practice in support of innovation processes in agriculture and management of natural resources.