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The Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy is a non-profit research organization established in March 2004 to promote research in the area of innovation policy in relation to agriculture and rural development. The founding members of CRISP have been in the forefront of research on innovation policy internationally. This coalition of science policy researchers saw a need for a more holistic approach to innovation policy and CRISP was established mainly to promote policy relevant research on rural innovation. CRISP is partner in the LINK Initiative (www.innovationstudies.org). LINK seeks to stimulate debate and share lessons on rural innovation policy and practice through research and advisory services.

CRISP participated in the SATNET Asia national programme on “Bangladesh agricultural technology innovation system - Opportunities and challenges” held during 2-3 September 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh organised by the APCTT (Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology) in partnership with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council. The workshop was aimed at enhancing the understanding of the current agricultural technology innovation system in Bangladesh among the key actors of the innovation system (government policymakers, R&D institutions, academia and industries) and providing specific recommendations for strengthening the agricultural innovation system in Bangladesh.

CRISP organised two training programmes on Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) at Bagdogra and Patna during October-November 2013. Read More
Read Dr Kausik Pradhan’s meeting notes from Bagdogra training here
Agricultural Extension in SouthAsia

CRISP in collaboration with the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (www.sias-southasia.org/new/) organized the first meeting of the AESA network in Kathmandu during 14-15 January 2014. The meeting discussed ways of strengthening extension and advisory services in South Asia and what roles AESA could play in this regard.  Read More

CRISP hosts the Secretariat of Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) a network of people interested in extension and advisory servicesin South Asia, which was initiated last year (www.aesa‐gfras.net). Dr Rasheed Sulaiman V, Director, CRISP made a presentation on AESA at the Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Mymensingh on 16 June 2013.more
A similar presentation was made at Sri Lanka, at the at the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Peradeniya, Colombo on 15 August 2013
Gender Mainstreaming in Wheat Research
CRISP in partnership with the Glasgow Caledonian University recently completed a scoping study for WHEAT‐CRP on "Integration of Gender and Social Equity in R4D on Wheat-Based Systemsin South Asia". The preliminary findings from this study were presented at a Workshop involving CIMMYT staff and other stakeholders at Kathmandu,Nepal on 23 April, 2013

The New Extensionist
Global Discussion (2013-2014)The “New Extensionist”: Enhancing Capacities of Extension and Advisory Services: Planning the Global and Regional GFRAS Activities 2013‐2014 14‐15 March 2013, Pretoria, South Africa

Dr Rasheed Sulaiman V, Director, CRISP presented the New Extensionist Position Paperin this meeting. More details on the programme and outcomes of this meeting could be accessed at http://www.g-fras.org/en/activities/the-new-extensionist One of the major outcome of this meeting was the establishment of the “The Universities Consortiumon Extension and Advisory Services” . The consortium aims to re-examine the curricula and research programmes in extension. Click on this link to know more.
10th Globelics International Conference, held at Hangzhou, China during 9-11 November 2012
GlobelicsTS Vamsidhar Reddy, Senior Research Fellow at CRISP attended the 10th Globelics International Conference, held at Hangzhou, China during 9-11 November 2012. He presented a research paper titled ‘Locating research in agricultural innovation trajectories: evidence and implications from empirical cases from South Asia’ in that conference. click here for presentation

3rd GFRAS Annual Meeting, 26-28 Sept, Manila, Philippines
The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) held its 3rd Annual Meeting during 26-28 September at Manila, the Philippines. The event was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS) Network. The meeting contributed to the thematic exchange on rural advisory services (RAS) and how it could better contribute to the Agricultural Innovation System (AIS). The participants discussed ways of developing new capacities at the individual, organisational and the enabling environment level and what actions have to be taken at the national, regional and global levels.

GFRAS and its regional networks also discussed ways of strengthening networking and sharing of experiences. For more details, visit, .http://www.g-fras.org/en/ Participants from South Asia also discussed the possibilities of strengthening the virtual network Agricultural Extension in South Asia (http://www.aesa-gfras.net/) and ways of identifying RAS actors and champions from the different countries in this region.

CRISP participated in this event and the Director CRISP presented the key note paper on the Role of Rural Advisory Services in the Agricultural Innovation System. Click here for the presentation.


Investing and Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems
On May 31 - 1 June 2012 the Agricultural and Rural Development Department of the World Bank hosted an international workshop on Investing and strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems. The event brought together both external and internal experts to discuss the findings of the AIS Sourcebook, as well as issues of implementation and recent examples of application of the approach to different country and agricultural sector contexts. CRISP staff contributed to this source book and also participated in this workshop.

For presentations from panelists: click here. For the agenda: click here 
For the list of participants: click here.
This sourcebook draws on the emerging principles of Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) analysis and action to help identify, design, and implement the investments, approaches, and complementary interventions that appear most likely to strengthen innovation system and promote agricultural innovation and equitable growth. Although the sourcebook discusses why investments in Agricultural Innovation Systems are becoming so important, it gives most of its attention to how specific approaches and practices can foster innovation in a range of contexts. click here for more...

Beijing Roundtable 2012 on Agricultural Extension in Asia
The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences jointly organized a roundtable at Beijing during 15-17 March 2012 to discuss what has and what has not worked in agricultural extension, and to foster learning from the experience of four countries: China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The Roundtable provided a platform to share experiences across countries and brought together senior experts and stakeholders from the four countries and international specialists for a structured discussion supported by specific background papers. CRISP participated in this Roundtable and contributed the background paper from India. Click here to view the presentations and read the roundtable papers. Click here.

"Effective Delivery of Livestock Services"
Proceedings_EffectiveDeliveryofLivestockServicesEffective delivery of livestock services depend to a large extent on the number and quality of technical manpower available in a region. CRISP partnered with the Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAGACOVAS), Pondicherry in organising a Regional Workshop on the availability of manpower and their capacities to deal with the contemporary and future challenges faced by the livestock sector.

The specific objectives of this workshop held on 4-5 September 2011 were as follows:

  1. How to reduce the gap between the availability and requirement of technical man power in the veterinary colleges and departments of AH?
  2. How to improve the capacity of technical manpower to face the present and future challenges of the livestock development?
  3. How to improve the effective delivery of livestock services to the livestock owners?
    The participants deliberated on these aspects and developed an action plan to strengthen delivery of livestock services in the region. Click here for more details on the workshop and the action plan.

Click here to download this document.

"Reclaiming Research in Livestock Development"
Promotion of new knowledge often requires changes in institutions and policies. This would necessitate engagement with actors in the policy arena. 

Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (RAGACOVAS), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have embarked on a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ‘Reclaiming Research in Livestock Development through Policy Interventions’ on 26-27 April, 2011,This publication is a result of this initiative, bringing together the proceedings and recommendations of the workshop with 12 innovations in livestock development with Direct implications for policy.

Click here to download this document.

Creation of an enabling environment for upscaling new knowledge requires long term engagement with policy and CRISP will continue to engage in this process not only to influence policies but also to learn about new and creative ways of engaging with the policy process. 


CRISP hosts the Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) Network

Where can we publish extension research?-A Note
The following questions bother many who are keen to publish their research on extension.

  • Can we publish our papers only in journals having "extension" in their title?
  • Which are the other journals where we could publish findings of extension research?
  • Why many other social science journals that publish articles related to extension not being considered for career advancement purpose by organizations like ICAR and SAUs (in India)?
  • As professionals, should we do something to include many more professionally ratedhigh impact social science journals in indices which are used for judging professional achievement?
  • But are we sufficiently aware of the wide range of available journals where we could publish our work?
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CRISP WORKING PAPER NO 2014-001 ICTs in Knowledge Management: A case of agropedia (KiranYadav, Rasheed Sulaiman V, N T Yaduraju, V Balaji & T V Prabhakar) October 2014
ICTs are being increasingly used for Knowledge Management (KM) nowadays. In spite of this, rapid deployment of ICTs for KM is a major challenge. This paper explores the challenges in using ICT for KM using the case of “agropedia” – an ICT mediated knowledge management platform for Indian agriculture. The paper argues that KM is no more a technical challenge, but rather constrained by social and organizational barriers. Without initiating institutional and policy changes in addressing these barriers, KM continues to elude Indian agriculture.   Read More...

Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance
Rethinking Participation Learning And Innovation,
Published in July 2012 by Routledge
Edited by Hemanth Ojha, Andy Hall,Rasheed Sulaiman V.

The purpose of this book is to showcase a range of approaches that consider learning and collaboration as central processes in agriculture and natural resources governance and management. The book presents a review of various adaptive and collaborative approaches to management developed to cope with the social and biophysical complexity of natural resource systems, including case studies from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Nepal and Zimbabwe. . To download, click here...

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