GCARD2. Breakout Session P3.2 Turning Innovations into Market Opportunities – Speaker Brief

Many are now urging greater attention to farm-to-fork value chains and how smallholder benefits generated bythose chains can be increased. This change in perspective has far-reaching consequences both for R4D priorities and for partnerships. In this Briefing Paper we utilize ICRISAT’s experiences toexamine some of those consequences and their implications for partnership strategies.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.2 Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation at Global Level –Speaker Briefing Paper

The central question posed for this Breakout Sub-Session is “What role smallholder farmers now play and could play in meeting the future needs in food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of natural resources?” Elaborating on this, more specific questions are raised about how to bring together the needed diversity; inform stakeholders of consequences, scenarios, winners and losers; complement qualitative with quantitative arguments; help decision-makers; orient R4D; and develop foresight actions focused on the needs of the poor.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.1: Innovation for Better Livelihoods – Briefing paper

The farmers, fishers and herders who live on less than US$1.25 per day live complex, highly adaptive lives where individual technical solutions in and of themselves have limited impact. Recognizing this complexity and the importance of working with stakeholders to understand and design solutions that work for them, a diversity of approaches founded in participatory action research have been developed including notably the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D).

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.3 Rebuilding Livelihoods in Post-Conflict and Protracted Crisis Countries: Results of the Kigali Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Innovation

Agricultural research and development (AR4D) systems are basic to finding the long-term solutions to the sources and motors of recurrent crises. AR4D in post-conflict and protracted crises countries invariably suffers from poor research infrastructure and financial means, high staff turnover and loss, weak regional and international collaborative research ties, and virtually in-existent intra-country collaboration between research, universities, producer organisations and the private sector.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.2 Turning Innovations into Market Opportunities. Innovations from the Empowering Smallholder Farmers in the Markets (ESFIM) Programme

There is a need for strong farmer organizations that can present and represent the interests of smallholders versus more powerful economic groupings in society. However, farmers’ organizations often lack access to the information and evidence needed to develop pro-active proposals to influence these policies.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.2 Turning Innovations into Market Opportunities - Speaker brief

The objective is to identify specific interventions that can improve RPOs’ capacities. While recognizing other determinants of success our innovation will be to examine ways to affect RPOs’ performance on input and output markets, through enhanced commitment of members. Broadly speaking, this is research on implementation of development actions, a much neglected area of research.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.2 Turning Innovations into Market Opportunities - Session brief

New organizational arrangements which place the user of research central in the definition of research priorities and in uptake processes are required. This includes a central role for organizations which represent the interests of the smallholders in particular farmer organizations but also for the private sector, trade and commodity associations and procurement officers in government programmes.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.1 Foresight Guiding Research and Innovation at regional/national level - Briefing Paper

The problem being addressed is that of building collective actions at regional level in order to incorporate the outcomes of many foresight works (from global, regional, national and local) already conducted into regional strategic actions looking at longer term orientations. There is also a need to share these perspectives as regional initiatives are not independent from both national and global and therefore need to be articulated. Further, foresight related activities are more developed in some regions and sharing their experiences is useful for other regions.

GCARD2. Breakout session F2.2 Foresight Guiding research and Innovation at Global Level - Briefing Paper

The problem being addressed is how we can bring together the needed diversity – of stakeholders and approaches – and understand better a number of multidimensional and complex questions such as: How can we inform stakeholders on alternative future scenarios and debate the desirability, consequences, winners and losers of diverse scenarios? How to better combine quantitative analyses with qualitative arguments? To what extent and how global analysis help decision-makers, orienting research, innovation and policies?