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TAP Common Framework

TAP Common Framework

The Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP) is a coalition of over 40 partner organisations focusing on the development of capacities at multiple scales for agricultural innovation in the tropics.

As a partner organisation, CABI has been actively involved in the creation of TAP's Common Framework to promote better coherence and greater impact of Capacity Development in support of Agricultural Innovation Systems in the tropics. 

The three volumes of the Common Framework are available for download below.

Conceptual Background

Guidance Note on Operationalization

 Synthesis Document

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The Common Framework was developed in 2015 through a highly participatory process, incorporating inputs from a wide range of experts chosen from donors, research, extension and education institutions as well as international organisations involved in the field of agricultural innovation. By helping to bridge the capacity gap, TAP aims to pave the way for agricultural innovations that meet the demands of smallholder farmers, small and medium-sized agribusinesses and consumers.

The Common Framework focuses on:

  1. 1) Consolidating the diversity of approaches to Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS);

  2. 2) Promoting a shift of mind set and attitudes using an AIS perspective;

  3. 3) Providing concepts, principles, approaches and tools to better understand the AIS architecture, assess CD needs, and plan, implement, and evaluate CD interventions;

  4. 4) Emphasizing the role of facilitation, learning, documentation and knowledge management for enabling innovation. 

Target audiences for the documents include: development practitioners, donors, professionals in agricultural research, education and extension institutions as well as civil society actors, farmers’ organisations and key regional and international fora, networks and agencies, and more widely those interested in developing capacities for agricultural innovation.

After being approved by TAP partners in January 2016, the Framework is now applied in eight pilot countries (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda) through the EU-funded project on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) and in El Salvador through a new Italian funded project.


For more information on piloting the Common Framework click here.

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