Natural resource problems afflict many African smallholders: they include low soil fertility, low yields, erosion, deforestation, fodder shortages, and lack of water. Individual farmers or communities cannot deal with these problems by themselves, so need outside help. Innovation platforms are a promising way of tackling them because they bring together farmers and other community members with a range of other stakeholders.
Misiko, M.; Mundy, P.; Ericksen, P. Innovation platforms to support natural resource management. Innovation Platforms Practice Brief 11. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya (2013) 4 pp.