Extension and Innovation Natural Resource Management Value Chain / Markets

Evidence-based strategies to accelerate innovation scaling in agricultural value chains

Making innovative water management and irrigation technologies available to small farmers on a large scale is crucial to meet growing food demands while strengthening the resilience of food systems to climate change. Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. There are several reasons for this, such as weak adaptive capacity, high dependence on ecosystem goods and services for livelihoods, and less developed agricultural production systems (WMO 2021). Strengthening the resilience of African agriculture critically depends on the ability of governments and their partners to bring science and innovation to the forefront of the development agenda. This requires co-creating evidence-based innovation bundles that best fit the local context while building capacity to scale these bundles in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.