Call for Papers: ADB-IEA Innovative Policy Research Award 2022

The Asia-Pacific Islands and Rural Advisory Services Network (APIRAS), the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) in close collaboration with the Research and Extension Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations are committed to strengthen agriculture innovation systems in Asia-Pacific for transforming agri-food systems. In 2020, APIRAS and APAARI carried out Joint Rapid Appraisal (JRA) to scope the innovation environment to identify and document initiatives aimed at strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS), in a context of TAP-AIS project funded by European Union. The JRA (https://www.fao.org/3/cb5995en/cb5995en.pdf) revealed the increasing interest in promoting an effective AIS and a few interesting initiatives that tried to enhance investment, adapt policies, promote partnerships and develop functional capacities to strengthening innovation capacity in the agricultural sector. The JRA revealed three main barriers that constrain development of an effective AIS in the Asia Pacific. These include:
a. lack of sufficient partnerships among actors in the AIS,
b. inadequate investments and lack of policies that could steer the research and extension agencies
to engage with other AIS actors, and
c. lack of sufficient capacity development initiatives aimed at enhancing functional capacities of AIS

Call for Good Practices
As part of the Joint Action Plan by APIRAS and APAARI, supported by FAO, we are keen to document good practices that have contributed to successful strengthening of capacities for innovation drawing on experiences on the following three topics:
1.Forging successful partnerships for Innovation
2. Enabling environment (investments and policies) for innovation
3. Capacity Development initiatives that focus on developing functional capacities to enable innovation.

What should be there in a Good Practice Note? (maximum 2000 words)
Context Country, sector, problems and summary of the key interventions and objective
Approach Rationale, Broad Principles and concept
The Programme Key components, the different actors involved and their roles
Progress Key outputs, outcomes, measuring impact focusing on partnerships, enhanced investments, favourable policies and innovative capacity development
Challenges faced and how these were addressed
Scaling Up experience and implications for scaling up
Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms put in place, the frequency of these
Contact information Name, affiliation, email, a stamp size picture of the author(s)