In the wake of a series of recent international events and initiatives
focusing on understanding and fostering innovation1, there is growing
awareness and interest in applying and making sense of the Agricultural
Innovation Systems (AIS) concepts and perspectives and what they offer
for understanding and supporting innovation systems, processes and
networks. This has particular relevance for African agriculture as it
faces several challenges, such as increasing and intensifying food
production in a sustainable way and nourishing its fast-growing
population, adapting to the consequences of climate change, and finding
its rightful place in an increasingly global and complex international
The main objectives of the AISA workshop were to: Learn jointly about
agricultural innovation processes and systems in Africa; identify policy
implications and develop policy messages and explore perspectives for
collaborative action research on smallholder agricultural innovation.
Triomphe, B.; Waters-Bayer, A.; Klerkx, L.; Schut, M.; Cullen, B.; Kamau, G.; Le Borgne, E.; (Editors). Innovation in smallholder farming in Africa: Recent advances and recommendations: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA), Nairobi, Kenya, 29 - 31 May 2013. CIRAD, Montpellier, France (2014) vi + 229 pp.