This brief examines three areas of the agricultural innovation process drawing on recent research by the Future Agricultures Consortium. It asks:
-How can farmers be empowered to be active players in improving agricultural productivity – not just in terms of increasing their yields, but also in decision making on how programmes and policies are shaped?
-Can decentralisation improve local governance and promote pluralistic extension systems responsive to the needs of users, including the poor?
-What public and private sector (national and international) actors and interests are defining seed policies and how is this impacting on technologies for the poor?
Future Agricultures Consortium. CAADP Policy Brief No. 04. Farmer First: Shifting Paradigms in Agricultural Technology Development. Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, UK (2011)