La Plate-forme pour l'agriculture tropicale (TAP)

TAP advocacy and policy dialogue

A top priority of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is to advocate for more coherence in Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) through the TAP Common Framework

·  Since 2015, when TAP action plan was developed, TAP participated in the following events to advocate and raise awareness on TAP Common Framework and importance of strengthening capacity to innovate: 

- 4th Meeting of the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS)  in Izmir, Turkey (July 2015)

- 42nd Committee on World Food Security in Rome (October 2015)

- 7th Africa Science Week, organized by FARA in Kigali, Rwanda (June 2016)

- High Level Policy Dialogue on Investments in Agricultural Research in Bangkok on December 2015

- 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3), in South Africa (April 2016).

- FAO/TAP e-conference (April/May 2016) and International Symposium organized by FAO/TAP with the financial support of US (June 2016) on issues related to the Capacity Development (CD) for nutrition-sensitive agricultural innovation systems (AIS), including Common Framework (CF).

- 5th Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) in Xi’an, China (June 2016)

- FARA 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali, Rwanda (June 2016).

- 19th Review Conference of the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) in Egham, UK (July 2016)

- Expert Consultation Workshop on “Agricultural Innovation Systems: reality check” organized by CDI-ICRA-KIT Alliance and held in Amsterdam, The Netherland (September 2016).

- African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya (September 2016)

- FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG, September 2016), Speakers Corner dedicated to the Common Framework on CD for AIS.

- Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management Conference (Tropentag 2016), Vienna, Austria (September 2016).

- RUFORUM conference (South Africa, October 2016)

- GFRAS 7th Annual Meeting (Cameroon, October 2016), exhibition and discussion with members of GFRAS regional networks.

- International Conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: linking local and global dynamics, organized by CIRAD in Montpellier, France (December 2016).

- Annual meeting of the Director Generals (DG) of AIRCA (Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture) in FAO Headquarters, February 2017.

- GFAR/TAP/PAEPARD Webinar: Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators (March 2017).

23rd European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE) in Greece from 4 to 7 July 2017

- MACS Meeting, Potsdam, Germany (November 2017).

- GFAR/TAP Webinar: “Sharing Knowledge on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation through TAPipedia” (November 2017).

- APAARI/TAP/GFAR Webinar with Universities on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation – Bringing system-wide change in Asia-Pacific (November 2017).

- 7th Meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists of G20 States (MACS-G20), held from 28 to 30 May 2018 in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina.

- Experts Consultation for the development of guidelines on AIS assessment, co-organized by CIRAD and FAO, in Paris, France (June 2018). 

- MACS-G20 Agricultural Technology Sharing Working Group Workshop, held in Beijing, China from 26 to 28 September 2018.


Additional outreach activities organized by the TAP Secretariat/FAO in collaboration with TAP Partners include training, seminars and webinars (for more information please see the News & Events section).

It is notable that the G20 has included TAP among the key components of its Implementation Plan to achieve food security and nutrition worldwide. The Implementation Plan for the G20 Food Security and Nutrition Framework (G20 FSN Framework) declares that one of its objectives is "Promoting smallholder productivity growth in LICDs through the Tropical Agriculture Platform".

FAO also signed Letters of Agreement with the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) to collaborate through various activities on TAP/CDAIS with special attention to the Asian-Pacific and African region.

·  The policy dialogue events are organized at the global, regional and national level (in the 8 CDAIS countries). They include stakeholder consultations (including local government) at partnership level to identify key policy constraints that are inhibiting innovation in each particular innovation partnership, and national level events where priority issues are presented and discussed with policy makers.

- The national policy dialogues brings together organizations and stakeholders at all levels to support the development of a national vision on CD for AIS. National policy events have been completed in Laos (June 2018), Honduras and Guatemala (August 2018), Bangladesh (September 2018), Angola, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Ethiopia (December 2018-February 2019).

- FAO in coordination with regional partners and FAO Offices organized a regional policy dialogue on Enabling Agricultural Innovation in Family Farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Panama, in October 2018. At the end of the event, participants agreed on the importance to promote awareness, capacity development and knowledge sharing in support of innovation for family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, to support the process of innovation in family farming by applying inclusive, participatory approaches and to improve financial mechanisms and markets for innovation.

- With regard to the global level, TAP supported the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, hosted by FAO on 21-23 November 2018. The event counted with 250 country delegates, representative from 300 non-state actors and an overall registration of 600 participants, including participants from the eight CDAIS countries and three new countries applying or interested to apply the TAP Common Framework for developing national innovation capacities. The symposium served as a global knowledge and partnership platform to better understand the potential of innovation in agriculture to address the SDGs, with a special focus on supporting smallholder and family farmers.