CDAIS project - launched in 2015 - is a global partnership on Capacity Development for agricultural innovation systems. The project is supported by the European Union and implemented by Agrinatura (a consortium of 31 European universities and research institutes), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
While operating in eight pilot countries (in Africa, Asia and Latin America), CDAIS aims at making agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable in meeting the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers, to improve food security.
"Capacity development is needed, to ensure that investments in agricultural research for development are able to generate sustainable returns.
Capacity development efforts should focus on multi-stakeholder processes and open innovation partnerships, and not be restricted to individual research organizations or higher education institutes" - CDAIS, Agricultural Innovations.
The European Commission is financially supporting a project to strengthen capacities to innovate in Africa, Asia and Central America. The project is officially called the Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS). It is being implemented jointly by Agrinatura (Agrinatura-EEIG Task Team), FAO (FAO Task Forse) and national partners in the 8 pilot countries (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda).
CDAIS and Capacity Development (CD):
# Current global overview of CDAIS. This report shares the approaches used and lessons learnt from 8 pilot countries.
# CDAIS Trainer’s Manual on Facilitating Capacity Needs Assessment used in the 8 pilot countries. It was designed to strengthen the facilitation skills and ability to conduct a Capacity Needs Assessment in an agricultural innovation niche partnership.
# Common Framework for CD in Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS). The common framework advocates on the importance of the functional capacities in agriculture innovations.
CDAIS has supported the development of the Common Framework on Agricultural Innovation Systems through the Tropical Agricultural Platform.
For all of you of you, who want to know more about the TAP Common Framework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems used for working at country level through the CDAIS project country, more details are provided, and the full documents (in English, French and Spanish) can be downloaded from this website.
Visit the CDAIS website to learn more about the CDAIS project.
- The future of food and agriculture. Trends and challenges: "Data collection, monitoring and reporting on impacts at the subnational and national level need to be improved and harmonized across countries, to better inform sustainable development planning". (FAO, 2017)
- TAPedia: enhancing knowledge exchange in support of Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems. TAPipedia online platform has been designed within the context of Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP, launched in 2012) in the frame of the CDAIS project.