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From Maastricht to Montpellier: Lessons from the CTA Capacity Building Programme on Analyzing Agricultural Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) Systems (2004 – 2009)

Bolo, M   Francis, JA

Organised by: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Venue: Montpellier, France

July 1 – 2, 2010

In 2010, CTA convened an Expert workshop which had a two-fold purpose: (i) to take stock of the work done so far; consolidate lessons, challenges and successes from the programme and; (ii) to deliberate on ways of furthering the capacity building efforts and mainstream innovation systems approach in the ACP region. The specific objectives were:

- To reflect on the lessons learned from the CTA led-initiative on building the capacity of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) professionals in analyzing the agricultural science, technology and innovation (ASTI) systems over the period 2004 – 2009;
- To identify and deliberate on future strategies and actions needed for mainstreaming innovation systems thinking;
ƒ- To strategize on how to integrate core expertise from within the ACP region in expanding outreach and increasing impact;
ƒ- To propose ways for fostering greater convergence of science, technology and innovation policies for agricultural and economic development; and
- To evolve a framework for monitoring and evaluating innovation performance in ACP agricultural and rural development.

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