Strengthening Capacities for Collaborative Management of Rural Innovation in Senegal
This partnership has developed from an initiative originally started by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), to build on the success of their international programme on the collaborative management of innovation.
With support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a pilot project has been started to strengthen IFAD projects in Senegal, under the overall coordination of the Science and Environment Institute (ISE) of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), and with facilitation of field activities in the Matam Region by USE (Union pour la Solidarité et l'Entraide) and in the Groundnut Basin by ENDA-GRAF (Environnement et développement du tiers monde - Groupes recherches actions formations).
ICRA is providing technical assistance to the project, and took the lead to formulate a proposal to finance additional activities in Senegal, as well as extend the pilot project to Burkina Faso and Colombia, and involve more Northern Partners.
The proposed capacity strengthening program will start with the systematization and development of content, drawing on materials by international and national partners to support collaborative management of innovation. The university level program will integrate face-to-face workshops and distance learning, which will enable participants to integrate learning with ongoing work commitments. Emphasis will be on field application of lessons learned in the course, and reflection on lessons learned in the field.
Achievements to date
From 2006, ICRA has supported partners in Senegal to implement an IFAD-funded project, which aims at strengthening capacities of research and development professionals for collaborative management of rural innovation.
PartnersThe International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD)
Environnement et développement du tiers monde - Groupes Recherches Actions Formations (ENDA-GRAF)
Innovations Environnement Développement Afrique (IED)
Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)
l'Agence Nationale de Conseil Agricole et Rural (ANCAR)