Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) bring together relevant actors along the value chain, including farmers’ organizations, the public sector, NGOs, private organizations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).

In InnovAfrica, we use stakeholder interactions through MAPs to:

MAP members, local government representatives and members from COPEKA farmer cooperative visit a project site in Nyamagabe district, Rwanda
  • strengthen science-stakeholder-policy linkages
  • facilitate dissemination and uptake of technologies (e.g., Brachiaria grass in Kenya).
  • provide assurance of sustainability of the introduced technologies by involving local traditional leaders, for instance in South Africa.
  • scale up EAS (e.g. Village Knowledge Centers (VKC) by the policy makers in Kenya and Tanzania).
  • increase access to markets by SMEs (e.g., NASFAM in Malawi and Oromia Agricultural Output Marketing Enterprises in Ethiopia).
  • increase availability of quality seed for farmers (e.g., Kenya Seed Company on Brachiaria seeds)
MAP members, farmers, members of the scientific community and development agents visit a project site in Meta district, Ethiopia

In conclusion, within the InnovAfrica project, the MAPs help to interact actively with actors outside the research domain with the benefit that results obtained are practically applicable in improving livelihoods. It is anticipated that the linkages created through the MAPs will continue to function after the project concludes.

A MAP member from the Bioversity Conservation Initiative (BCI) provides agronomic advice during a field visit in Mzimba, Malawi

For more information about MAPs, visit: https://bit.ly/398Pgds