In this short video, ILRI’s Alan Duncan introduces the IFAD-funded ‘Fodder Adoption Project’ based at ILRI.
He outlines the approach followed in the project – trying to strike a balance between the technological and institutional angles.
The project helps groups of stakeholders – farmers, private sector, dairy coops, the government – get together in ‘innovation platforms’ where they can develop joint actions that address livestock fodder problems.
Initially the project went with a traditional approach, focusing on technologies. As the process evolved, other issues came in, more actors joined the platforms, and the technologies – growing improved fodder – acted more as a catalyst for people to come together to discuss a wide range of other issues (dairying, health, etc).
Fodder proved to be a useful ‘engine’ for the group to identify a much wider range of issues to address – along the whole value chain.
He explains that this type of work facilitating stakeholder platforms is “not trivial.” But it is essential: “Technology is only one small part of the equation and really a lot of it is about human interactions and how organizations behave.”
He concludes: “We have lots of promising technologies, but in themselves they are not enough to bring about widespread change in livestock systems.”