Innovation platforms to improve smallholder dairying at scale

Innovation platforms to improve smallholder dairying at scale: Experiences from the MilkIT project in India and Tanzania
Duncan, A.J., Teufel, N., Ravichandran, T., Hendrickx, S. and Ballantyne, P.G.

August 2015. ILRI Project Report
In this paper the authors reflect on the potential role of innovation platforms as spaces to identify and spread useful innovations associated with dairy production and feeding. 
They draw examples from MilkIT, a project to promote milk production in India and Tanzania. They first introduce the idea of innovation platforms and show how they can be used to define the key issues quickly. They highlight the various changes in local practices that innovation platforms can stimulate. They then consider how local innovations can move beyond innovation platforms, and classify a series of mechanisms by which this can happen. They outline strategies to ensure that innovation platforms generate wide-scale changes.

Related PAEPARD blogposts:
Jul 09, 2015
The case entitled MilkIT Innovation Platform: Changing Women’s Lives – One Cow and One Litre of Milk at a Time
6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture

Nov 03, 2014
Field testing a conceptual framework for innovation platform impact assessment: The Case of MilkIT dairy platforms in Tanga Region, Tanzania – Pham, N.D., Cadilhon, J.J. and Maass, B.L.

Dairy innovation platform experiences from 

Aug 18, 2014
The Tanga Dairy Platform was founded in December 2008 by a group of dairy enthusiasts and facilitated by the British NGO Research Into Use (RIU). 
May 19, 2011
Tanga Fresh Ltd – Tanzania The project aims to increase the production, collection and supply of milk from smallholder dairy farmers to Tanga Fresh Limited

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