Nudging sustainability transitions in Central Mozambique

Homann-Kee Tui, S and Falk, T and Sixpence, C and Gungulo, A and Quembo, C (2018) Nudging sustainability transitions in Central Mozambique. Monograph. ICRISAT.

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Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)

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This work was implemented as part of the bilateral funding agreements with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), which is carried out with support from CGIAR Fund Donors; for details please visit The views expressed in this document cannot be taken to reflect the official opinions of these organizations. We thank Rosana Kral, CDR/BOKU for comments on the earlier version of this brief. Our thanks to Rajani Kumar and Violette for editing.


An Agricultural Innovation Platform (AIP) facilitates and accelerates transition of farmers from subsistence farming to socially inclusive, environmentally sound and market-oriented farming. AIPs adapt interventions around interlinked levers in the food value chains, with entry points based on a good understanding of farming systems and input/output market requirements. Learning activities around these entry points strengthen stakeholder networks. Capacitating farmers through stakeholder networks, using mutual learning and additional technical training sessions, improves their self-organization and helps them become entrepreneurs, with the private sector as business mentors and government and extension as facilitators and support. Prospects for change in complex farming systems often appear few and uncertain, leaving farmers feeling helpless in the face of challenges. AIPs demonstrate that small interventions around significant leverage points will have far-reaching benefits. With time, stakeholders facilitate multiple changes through AIPs, magnifying the impact and paving the way for initiatives beyond a project’s lifespan. The ‘AIP experience’ changes their self-perception, resilience, motivation and empowerment forever.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural Innovation Platforms, Marginalized smallholder farmers, Mozambique, AIP
Subjects: Others > Innovation
Others > Africa
Others > Mozambique
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 10:27
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 06:16
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