The International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) held a conference on “Advancing Agriculture in Developing Countries through Knowledge and Innovation” on 7–9 April 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference provided a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences on knowledge and innovation for development among researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from the public, private and civil sectors, and to identify areas for further research, advocacy and cooperation. It was attended by almost 200 people, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa. In a plenary panel session on the final day, Ann Waters-Bayer from the Prolinnova International Support Team gave an invited paper on “How can technological and socio-institutional innovation processes have more impact at the local level?” (MS Word file; size : 47 KB). This gave an opportunity to introduce the vision and concepts of Prolinnova. Tesfahun Fenta and Amanuel Assefa from the PROLINNOVA-Ethiopia coordinating NGO AgriService Ethiopia, Teklu Tesfaye from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and Chair of the Prolinnova-Ethiopia Steering Group, and Working Group member Elias Zerfu from ISNAR attended the conference and displayed posters on local innovation in the lobby of the conference venue. A summary of the conference can be found under www.ifpri.org/events/conferences/2008/20080407.asp.