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Approaches for Setting-up Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Agricultural Research and Development

Authors: Adekunle, A.A. &  Fatunbi, A.O.
Publication date: 2012 In:World Applied Sciences Journal 16 (7): 981-988

This article introduces the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) and the constituent Innovation Platform (IP) as a workable multistakeholders approach for sustainable agricultural research and development.

The IAR4D approach entails a multi-sectoral orientation to agricultural problem diagnosis and draws on integrated approaches using ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences to provide solutions, while maximizing available resources. IAR4D is premised on the innovation systems approach and requires systemic interaction among
all stakeholders around specific commodities or production systems.