RURAL INNOVATION MANAGEMENT

CRISP partnered with an ILRI-UNU project on exploring fodder innovation in India and Nigeria. This project explored the issue of fodder from a capacity scarcity in relation to bringing technical and other changes in fodder practices and suggested ways of strengthening this capacity in order to increase use of livestock fodder and helps enhance the livelihoods of livestock dependent poor people. The conceptual framework of this project could be accessed here. The project defied the conventional technology transfer approach and adopted an approach based on innovation system principles to address fodder scarcity. Fodder scarcity in the project was conceptualized not as lack of technical capacity, but as lack of innovation capacity. This project tried to enhance innovation capacity by promoting appropriate configurations of stakeholders. However, translating this theory and principles into action was fraught with numerous challenges. In the absence of previously documented experiences, the project course was determined based on continuous and concurrent review and lesson learning. A first-hand account of the project implementation is presented in this paper so that it benefits others who are experimenting with similar approaches. Other publications from this project: ANIMAL SCIENCES | CAPACITY | Fodder Innovation

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