Transition Management and Network Building

Transition management and network building

Strengthening biomass-based value webs will challenge all involved actors. The core question of this cluster is: How to ensure maximum uptake of project results among users, and relevance continued after the lifetime of the project? Transition management must allowimplementing locally adapted solutions and coping with the consequences of transition. Itmust support decision makers and allow for joint learning, being country-specific and locallyadapted. Work in this cluster merges transition management and process research todevelop concepts that prepare the ground to bring project output to fruition.

WP 7.1 “Follow-the-innovation: Collective Learning, Change Adaptation and Transition Management” strengthens biomass-based value webs by increasing their local adaptability and productivity jointly with the local stakeholders. This generates empirical insights into the role of different actors and institutions in the transformation process, and into the transformation process itself.

WP 7.2 “Introducing complex innovations”. ‘Push-pull technology” developed by icipe is an innovative, comprehensive conservation agriculture technology package implemented for pest control, soil fertility improvements and better yields of the target crop (maize) as well as supportive crops. It is studied here as a model for the implementation of complex technology packages in crop production systems. Push-pull will be implemented in Ethiopia through research on demonstration sites and stakeholder work through innovation platforms, with a focus on the institutional support for implementation at local levels.

In WP 7.3 “Biomass Network”, a network will be established and linked to FARA that will consist of stakeholders (experts and actors in the biomass webs) to address challenges of the biomass sector in SSA and that is set up to continue beyond the project’s lifetime and become a major pan-African organization for biomass in SSA.