SERVInnov : Strengthening innovation support SERVices to enhance INNOVations for sustainable food production, ensuring the wellbeing of rural populations, and reducing environmental degradation and resource depletion

Project identifier 46-SERVINNOV
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2018-09-15
End date 2021-09-14
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Integration of research and innovation activities
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Type of Project Personal capacity building projects
    Programme LEAP-Agri
    Keyword Innovation support; Agri-food systems; Nutrition security
    Location Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Madagascar
    Main Funder ERA-Net Cofund (LEAP-Agri)
    Co Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • University of Hohenheim
  • University of Dschang
  • Centre d'Etudes, de Documentation et de Recherche économiques et socials (CEDRES)
  • University of Antananarivo
  • European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD)
  • Fikambanana Fampivoarana ny Tantsaha (FIFATA)
  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)
  • Groupe de Recherches et d'Echanges Technologiques (GRET)
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Project Web Site
    Documents LEAP-Agri Projects information booklet


    The overall aim of SERVInnov is to strengthen, multiply and promulgate innovations which have significant positive impacts on food and nutrition security through improvement of agriculture and agrifood systems. Innovations within agriculture and across food systems are crucial in facilitating the private sectors’ (from smallholder to big companies) moves in realizing economic growth and inclusive development. In order to substantiate improved innovation processes, SERVInnov will characterize and assess successful innovation support services and their suppliers to define condition of their performance, promulgation, and scaling. Research works show that innovations emerge particularly in multi-stakeholder contexts associated with an enabling environment. These stakeholders are contributors or beneficiaries (or both) of the innovation. The contributors are suppliers of innovation support services (ISS). ISS are immaterial and result from the interaction (activities) between suppliers and beneficiaries in order to solve a problematic situation within the innovation process. Services cover fostering technical and social design, enabling the appropriation and use of innovations, facilitating access to resources, helping to transform the environment and strengthening the capacities to innovate. ISS are key components to boost agricultural innovations. SERVInnov will characterize ISS at national levels in three countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Madagascar, and within innovation case studies related to agriculture, sustainable intensification and agrifood system improvement. The approach allows

    1. firstly to identify strengths and weaknesses of innovation support services regarding innovation challenges in the country and
    2. secondly to explore with innovation support suppliers and politics how gaps in the supply can be filled through the development of new skills/profession or through a better arrangement of existing innovation services.

    This is a LEAP-Agri Project