GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators


GFAR Webinar – Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

GFAR is pleased to invite you to the webinar:

Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators

Date: 1 March 2017

Time: 14:00 Rome time

Duration: 1.5 hours max

As one in a series of GFAR webinars, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), a Partner in GFAR, is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research and innovation community around the topic of capacity development. TAP is an active partner in GFAR’s efforts in fostering collective initiatives to improve capacity in agri-food research and innovation. The main focus of TAP is the development of national capacities for agricultural innovation in tropical developing countries, where the capacity gap is especially wide. By helping to bridge the capacity gap, TAP aims to pave the way for agricultural innovations that meet the demands of its principal users – small farmers, small and medium-sized agribusinesses and consumers.

In this webinar, TAP Secretariat will share a framework and process being applied with its partners and Partners in GFAR to facilitate capacity development for agricultural innovation; “innovation facilitators” who are working on the ground will share their observations and learnings in their country contexts.

To learn more about innovation facilitators, register today for “Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The value of facilitators. The facilitators will share their initial experiences in assessing capacities and capacity development needs, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. A desired outcome of the webinar is to distill experiences and best practices that can be applied to strengthen or improve these processes.

Photo credits: GFAR

Host: Karin Nichterlein, TAP Secretariat and FAO CDAIS Lead Technical Officer, will give a brief introduction to TAP.

Moderator: Peter Casier

Presenters: Innovation Facilitators, Project Managers or CD Experts working in CDAIS pilot countries:

  • Christian Grovermann: Associate Agricultural Officer at FAO
  • Gilbert Kayitare, CDAIS Country Project Manager; Rwanda
  • Veronica Bejarano, Cooperativa Lempira Sur; Honduras
  • Eveline Sawadogo, Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA); Burkina Faso
  • Others to be confirmed

Presentations and Discussion:

Presenters will address the following questions:

  • Where do you see that capacity development for agricultural innovation systems can make a contribution in your country? Can you give a concrete example?
  • How to effectively engage key actors in the agricultural innovation processes and who should lead this process? How can the process be maintained beyond a project?
  • Is there a need for innovation facilitators? Why?
  • What are the skills and resources needed to effectively facilitate interventions? What works and what does not yet work so well? How it can be improved?
  • To what extent does the current institutional environment allow to effectively facilitate the strengthening of agricultural innovation systems? What could be improved? What role can projects and partners play in this?

After each presentation the moderator will invite participants to ask questions or share related experiences.

Register now!

To participate in the webinar, please register here. You will receive an email confirmation with the technical details to join the webinar.

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