A Case Study of Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Development: Implications for Non-Formal Leadership and Adult Learning

Matthew L. S. Gboku (Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute, Sierra Leone), Oitshepile M. Modise (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Jenneh F. Bebeley (Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute, Sierra Leone)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 197
EISBN13: 9781466695108|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8589-5.ch009
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Stakeholder organizations clearly need to have more than a symbolic role in IAR4D decision making. They are currently hindered by their lack of knowledge of leadership roles and capacity to implement the IAR4D. In this chapter, the authors have presented the use of the IAR4D in Sierra Leone with clear justification of how it fits into contemporary approaches and interventions at the national, regional and global levels. The chapter focuses on the “Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA)” project in Sierra Leone as a shining example of leadership development and adult learning in both formal and non-formal settings. The authors highlight current challenges of the use of innovation platforms through IARD and articulate implications of the case study for adult education, agricultural extension and non-formal training in agricultural research institutions. The chapter ends with recommendations for surmounting the current challenges of the case described.
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