Innovation platforms in agricultural research
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This presentation supports shifting away from the conventional approach to agricultural research and promotes the participatory action research approach of innovation platforms. Participatory action research is driven by participants, and active at every stage. Participatory action research is centered around innovation platforms, which are a component of participatory action research serve as a forum for stakeholders to come together to identify, diagnose and address challenges. By engaging stakeholders at multiple levels, innovation platforms lead to research that is more applied, more realistic, and more likely to be accepted by the community. Challenges include their time intensive nature, and a different kind of role for researchers.