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Introducing Complex Innovations

Introducing complex innovations

Short description:

The work package seeks to establish how joint planning, coordination, and collective action of different actors and institutions can contribute in learning, implementation and up-scaling of push-pull technology biomass based value webs for sustainable food production in Ethiopia. The aim is to strengthen information, communication channels and innovation platforms for wider application of push-pull technology and biomass based value webs in cereal and livestock production areas of Ethiopia.

Problem statement:

Low productivity and poor food security among smallholder cereal-livestock farmers in East Africa.

Objectives:

Goal: To enhance food security, incomes and alleviate poverty in Eastern Africa through effective communication and stakeholder participation for the implementation of complex innovations such as push-pull technology biomass value webs.

Purpose: To strengthen information, communication channels and innovation platforms for wider application of push-pull technology and biomass based value webs in target cereal-livestock production areas of Ethiopia.

Research questions:

  • What type of strategic linkages within and outside the Push-pull technology value web will result in wider application of complex innovations, in East Africa?
  • What innovation system approaches are most effective in the implementation of complex innovations, like push-pull technology, in terms of achieving higher productivity in the biomass value web?
  • What are the factors influencing the implementation and adoption of complex innovations to enhance biomass productivity?
  • What are the wider benefits of transition to a push-pull complex innovation system/ biomass value web system?
  • What kind of institutional support is required for the successful implementation of push-pull technology as a model of a complex technology package in crop production systems?

Methodology:

Use participatory innovation systems approach to establish networks for wider dissemination and application of the push-pull technology biomass based value webs; analysis of mechanisms for coordination, integration, institutionalization and adaptation of push-pull technology biomass-based value webs and their contribution to scalability, sustainability and wider application.

Countries of field research:

  • Ethiopia / East African Highlands

Involved partners:

Lead Partner:

  • icipe

Contributing Partners:

  • University of Bonn, ZEF
  • University of Hohenheim, Food security Center
  • Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  • Institute of Sustainable Development

Investigators:

  • Prof. Dr. Zeyaur R. Khan
    Programme Leader
    International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
  • Dr. Charles Midega
    Work Package Leader
    International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
    Email: cmidega@icipe.org
  • Jimmy Pittchar
    Senior Researcher
    International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
    Email: jpittchar@mbita.icipe.org
  • Teshome Kumela Sefera
    Researcher (Ethiopia)
    International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
  • Dr. Manfred Denich
    Project Coordinator
    Center for Development Research (ZEF)
  • Dr. Tolessa Debele (EIAR); Ms. Sue Edwards (ISD/Ethiopia)
  • Isaac Mbeche Nyangau
    Junior Researcher
    Center for Development Research
    Department: Political and Cultural Change (ZEF A)