Creating effective partnerships along the innovation value chain is key to delivering innovations to the end users
April 16, 2013 Editor 0
Bio-Innovate has invested heavily on partnership as its strategy to deliver bioscience and bio-resource innovations to the end user. Each of the consortium projects is carefully designed to include key partners that span the innovation value chain from the laboratory or experimental field to the farmers or industrial partners. A consortium will typically be composed of a team of scientists, private sector player, NGOs working with farmers, and other development practitioners depending on the nature of the project. In addition, Bio-Innovate is also collaborating with policy makers in the region recognizing the critical importance of an enabling policy environment that supports the uptake and adoption of innovations in the region.
“Each of the consortium projects is carefully designed to include key partners that span the innovation value chain from the laboratory or experimental field to the farmers or industrial partners.”
The Program recognizes the strengths of the different actors along the innovation pathway and is trying to leverage on these strengths to deliver innovations to the market place. Through these partnerships, there will be transfer of technologies to small and medium enterprises operating in the region and smallholder farmers. The Program strongly believes that this is a workable and productive formula if carefully and effectively executed.
However, working with such a heterogeneous group is fraught with numerous challenges simply because of the nature of the partners involved and the starkly different ways in which they operate. The Program has to carefully balance the interests and mode of operation of these different partners to ensure smooth and synergistic functioning of the consortium working towards a common goal.
On one hand, you will have a team of scientists drawn from different research institutes and universities coming up with the innovative ideas to solve a specific problem and who derive satisfaction in generating new knowledge. On the other hand, you have industrial partners whose modus operandi is very different and who are more interested in practical quick answers leading to a product or solution and make a profit in the process. These widely varying interests have to be balanced to deliver results.
Bio-Innovate is addressing this challenge by first having all partners commit to the course through contracts at the inception of the projects. The program has also developed a manual that covers all aspects of the project implementation process that all project partners are required to abide by. In addition, these partners are actively involved in in the project implementation from inception to the end to participate in shaping of project activities to ensure the innovations developed are relevant and market friendly and in a form that can easily be adopted.
Each of these partners including the private sector has a clear role and activity plan to deliver on, with a corresponding budget and is required to participate in all annul planning and review meetings coordinated by the PI and monitoring and evaluation exercise conducted by the Program.
This article has been extracted from the Bio-Innovate Voices newsletter. You can read more of these stories here: http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/10568/27625
- Linking capacity building activities to product development
- Consortium addressing key policy issues for the application and adoption of Bio-Innovate’s agricultural and environmental bioscience innovations
- Project 6 makes strides in diversification and commercialization of sorghum and millet value added products.
- From wastewater to biogas and clean water: How a project consortium is contributing to climate change mitigation through agro-industrial waste water recycling.
- Bio-Innovate’s cassava, potato, and sweet potato consortium project on course to deliver sustainable innovative seed delivery systems in the eastern Africa
- Bio-Innovate funded bean consortium working towards increasing productivity, value addition and marketing of the bean crop in eastern Africa
Categories: Feature Articles
Subscribe to our stories
- The Strategic Role of Design in Driving Digital Innovation June 10, 2021
- Correction to: Hybrid mosquitoes? Evidence from rural Tanzania on how local communities conceptualize and respond to modified mosquitoes as a tool for malaria control June 10, 2021
- BRIEF FOCUS: Optimal spacing for groundnuts in smallholder farming systems June 9, 2021
- COVID-19 pandemic: impacts on the achievements of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa June 9, 2021
- Explicit knowledge networks and their relationship with productivity in SMEs May 30, 2021