Components of RIU

At RIU’s core is a portfolio of experiments in which different approaches to enabling innovation are being tested in different contexts and settings. These experiments can be grouped into four main clusters:

  • RNRRS legacy  This includes repackaging of selected research products developed during the RNRRS, especially through the development of RIU’s Natural Resources Knowledge Database and various approaches to communicating selected RNRRS research products to potential users.
  • African Country Programmes RIU has established six Africa country programmes: in the east Rwanda and Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in the south, and in the west Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The rationale of these programmes is that currently mechanisms to articulate the demand for research and other information are poorly developed. The country programmes are therefore experimenting with a variety of networking approaches to establish better linkages between the research, entrepreneurial, policy and farming communities with a view to strengthening innovation capacity.
  • Asia Programme A number of projects located in South Asia, initially selected through a competitive call – the Asia Innovation Challenge Fund [link to RIU history]. The objective was to develop new partnerships to take advantage of clusters of research products from the RNRRS. It was anticipated that, with RIU support, these could result in significant scaling up of technologies, practices and policies.

    In late 2009 the projects were reviewed and reorganized to provide a more coherent set of experiments on putting research into use. The projects are now clustered into 3 broad themes:

    • establishing seed delivery systems and promoting capacities for participatory crop improvement
    • innovation in the value chains
    • scaling up of natural resource management research products

  • RIU Best Bets Funding is being provided to a number of large-scale technology promotion activities, selected through an innovative competitive process. Selected activities are anticipated to achieve impact at scale through private sector involvement.
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