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Strengthening agricultural innovation systems: CABI publishes the TAP Common Framework

CABI, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, has published the three main products (Synthesis DocumentConceptual Background, and Guidance Note on Operationalization) of the TAP Common Framework, whose objective is to advance agricultural innovation in tropical countries. More specifically, the Common Framework aims at promoting better coherence and greater impact of Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS).  

The Conceptual Background and the Guidance Note on Operationalization provide concepts, principles, definitions, approaches and tools to better understand the AIS architecture, assess CD needs, and plan, implement, and evaluate CD interventions. The Synthesis Document summarizes the content of the Conceptual Background. 

The Common Framework was developed in 2015 through a highly participatory process, incorporating inputs from a wide range of experts chosen from donors, research, extension and education institutions as well as international organizations involved in the field of agricultural innovation. 

After being approved by TAP partners in January 2016, the Framework is now applied in eight pilot countries (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda) through the EU-funded project on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS).