The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP)

Putting concepts into practice: factsheets on stages and tools of the Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) process

FAO in collaboration with Agrinatura has produced a series of factsheets outlining tools and approaches to promote capacity development projects for agricultural innovation systems (AIS). The tools are designed with a view to the practical implementation of the principles of the Common Framework of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP). They have been applied in the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project, funded by the EU and jointly implemented by Agrinatura and FAO in collaboration with national partners in Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda.

The factsheets include an introduction on each of the five stages of the CD for AIS Cycle:

1. Galvanizing Commitment

2. Visioning

3. Capacity Needs Assessment

4. Capacity Development Strategy

5. Implementation

The CD for AIS Cycle aims to stimulate learning and interaction among the three dimensions of CD (enabling environment; organizations; individuals) to develop an effective AIS that is capable of adapting and responding to new and emerging challenges.

In addition, tools and methodologies to be used in each of the five stages of the CD for AIS cycle have been developed and are available on TAPipedia:

·        Action Planning

·        Timeline

·        Capacity-focused problem tree

·        Network Analysis

·        Simulation Game

·        Rich Picture

·        Capacity Scoring Tool

·        Scoping Study

These tools describe key concepts, methods and include step-by-step guidelines for trainers and facilitators who are conducting inclusive Capacity Needs Assessments (CNAs) in agricultural innovation niche partnerships.

Some of these tools and methodologies are further explained in the Trainer's Manual “Facilitating Capacity Needs Assessment” which represents a full training package used to train national innovation facilitators (NIFs) on how to do capacity needs assessments at innovation partnership level in the CDAIS countries.

For more information, consult the CD tools page on TAPipedia:

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