To enhance food security and income African farming requires continuous innovation in response to changes in the agro-ecological and marketing environment. Research Into Use (RIU), funded by DFID, explored different approaches of promoting innovation in agriculture. This publication analyses a selection of five projects from its Africa portfolio, the maize platform in Nyagatare, Rwanda, the cowpea platform in Kano state, Nigeria, the pork platform in Malawi, the Farm Input Promotions (FIPS) best-bet in Kenya, and the Armyworm best-bet in Kenya and Tanzania. Based on the realised changes in the capacity to innovate and household level poverty impact the value for money and main lessons learned were documented.
Gildemacher, P.; Mur, R. Bringing new ideas into practice; experiments with agricultural innovation. Learning from Research into Use in Africa, Overview. KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2013) 36 pp. ISBN 978-94-6022-240-5