Principles, design and processes of integrated agricultural research for development: experiences and lessons from LKPLS under the SSACP

Buruchara, R and Tukahirwa, J and Kashaija, I and Farrow, A and Wanjiku, C and Rao, K P C and Adekunle, W and Kwesiga, F K and Majaliwa, M J G and Nyamwaro, S O and Kalibwani, R and Tenywa, M M and Lunze, L and Mugabo, J and Njeru, R and Sanginga, P and Mapatano, S and Musana, B and Ngabayisonga, C and Murorunkwere, F and Bahiga, L and Ramazani, M and Wimba, B and Pali, P and Njuki, J and Mutabazi, S and Kamugisha, R and Fungo, B and Kuule, K (2013) Principles, design and processes of integrated agricultural research for development: experiences and lessons from LKPLS under the SSACP. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 8 (3). pp. 81-100.

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With increasing recognition holding the promise of overcoming the outstanding problems faced byAfrican agriculture, IAR4D faces the danger of being ‘blurred’ by past approaches and falling short of its potential to deliver the desired impacts in diverse multi-stakeholder, biophysical, socio- economic, cultural, technological and market contexts unless its actualisation and working is clearly understood. In this paper, we present the conceptualisation and principles of and knowledge-based experiences and lessons from the implementation of the sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSACP) in the Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site (LKPLS). The presentation covers the formation and facilitation of IPs for the actualisation of IAR4D to evolve mechanisms for the early recognition of interlinked issues in natural resource management, productivity and value addition technologies, markets, gender and policy arrangements. These have autonomously triggered flexible, locally directed interactions to innovate options from within or outside their environment for resolving the challenges, and have moved along a new institutional and technological change trajectory. Emerging lessons point to the endowment of IP members with selfhelp knowledge interactions, training in IAR4D, quality of facilitation and research to be key determinants of the power behind of self-regulating mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: IAR4D; self-organising; central processing unit; sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSACP)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 03:42
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 03:42
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