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Lessons learned implementing multi-stakeholder processes in Central Africa


(m.schut) #1

Originally published at: http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/lessons-learned-implementing-multi-stakeholder-processes-in-central-africa/

The Great Lakes region of Central Africa is an area abundant in hills, people and conflicts. Its high altitude and cooler climate make it ideal for agriculture. But soils have been exhausted, spare land is no longer available, and farm households in parts of this region rank among the most food insecure and malnourished on earth. Years of civil conflict have moreover paralysed agricultural advisory and extension services and resulted in poor access to markets. Although there is unclarity about what type of solutions will be effective to address these problems, it is clear that developing, testing and implementing solutions requires collaboration, learning and collective action between farmers, governments, civil society organisations, researchers and the private sector.

A paper that captures key successes, struggles and lessons learned was developed as part of CIALCA/ Humidtropics and is now online: Schut et al., 2016 - Multi-stakeholder processes in Central Africa.pdf (848.5 KB)

Please refer to this paper as:

Schut, M., D. Lamers, M. Sartas, C. Okafor, C. Hicintuka, S. Mapatano, D. Kagabo, P. van Asten and B. Vanlauwe, 2016. Multi-stakeholder processes in Central Africa: Successes, struggles and lessons learned. Developed under the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) by Wageningen University (WUR) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), April 2016.


(Eric Koper) #2

Interesting! I am curious how you arrived at concluding “…it is clear that developing, testing and implementing solutions requires collaboration, learning and collective action between farmers,
governments, civil society organisations, researchers and the private sector…” when “…there is unclarity about what type of solutions will be effective to address these problems…” What evidence exists to support this when no solutions have been trialed in such manner?


(m.schut) #3

The latter one refers to the type of solutions, whether the former refers to the process of deriving at those solutions… Hope this clarifies!