***GPFS Innovation Platforms***

Since an improved participation of all agricultural stakeholders in research, innovation and development discussions is crucial for finding solutions to feed 9 Billion people by 2050, SDC supports networks which emphasize dynamic relationships between a broad range of social actors (e.g. farmers, scientists, private sector, civil society etc.) to facilitate exchange of information and experience among agricultural stakeholders.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural development
Agricultural research
Agricultural policy
01.02.2018 - 31.12.2021
CHF  1’375’000
Background Over the past decades, progress in science, technology and innovation (STI) has led to improvements in living standards with the role of STI in fostering economic growth and sustainable development becoming increasingly evident. Most developing countries, however, have neither the research capacity to develop new technologies and adequate STI systems, nor access to international networks to support the effective acquisition and adaptation of technologies. Agricultural research investment levels in most low- and middle-income countries still very low. In this context, access to multi-stakeholder networks and their inter-connectivity will become more important in future. This is likely to be accelerated by the massive use of increasingly effective communication techniques.
Objectives The overall goal of supporting knowledge and innovations networks is ‘’to facilitate information, knowledge and experience exchange among stakeholders to find future oriented, innovative and thus sustainable solutions for small holders agricultural development and poverty alleviation.’’
Target groups Networks and institutions active in knowledge and innovation for agricultural development and young professional who want to develop their competences in that field. Smallholder farmers and agricultural innovators are the final beneficiaries and actors.
Medium-term outcomes
  • Networks have a stronger brokering role in agricultural innovation systems for development
  • Actively engaged regional and thematic networks that influence national, regional and international discussion of agricultural development for the benefit of smallholder farmers
  • Stronger involvement and brokering role of relevant Swiss actors in agricultural innovation systems and advocacy.

Expected results:   Common positions on strategically important debate such as seeds (access to, farmer seed systems, GMOs, gene editing, biodiversity), nutrition (access to), urban - rural linkages (markets, peri-urban agriculture, services, insurances), ecological agriculture, resilience and social networks. Collaboration between networks and other stakeholders enhanced.

Results from previous phases:   YPARD has grown to an informal network of more than 14’000 young agronomists.
2016, more than 55% of it s14’000 members have benefited from any opportunity promoted by YPARD.
CABI’s governance gives direct connection to the needs and agendas of its Member countries (48 countries), of which ¾ are developing countries.
The CABI Plantwise initiative has offered to more than 10 millions farmers the opportunity to visit plant clinics and to receive advice from plant doctors and so increase their production and income.
SFIAR is sucessfully organising information sharing event as well as the annual SFIAR award for the best research (Master and project)

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Other International Organization
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions

Other partners
YPARD (young professional for agriculture development)
CABI (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International)
SFIAR (Swiss Forum for international agriculture research)
Coordination with other projects and actors CGIAR (Consortium of International Agricultural research centers), GFRAS (Global Forum on Rural Advisory Services), ICIPE (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology)
Syngenta Foundation, FOAG (Federal Office of Agriculture), DFID, NL, IFAD, FAO
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’375’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’235’381 Budget of the organisation CHF    1’375’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   2’600’000