INNOGEN SEMINAR: Papa Andina Initiative: 'Stimulating pro poor innovation within the potato market chain in the Andean region'
April 2 2008
Library Research Room
The Open University
ESRC Innogen Centre
Innogen The Open University
The “Papa Andina Initiative” is a Partnership Program coordinated by the International Potato Centre (CIP) and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Since 1998, Papa Andina Initiative has worked with research partners in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to stimulate pro-poor innovation within market chains for potato-based products. Market chain actors (including small-scale potato producers, traders and processors), researchers and other service providers have engaged in innovation processes via two principal tools: the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) and Stakeholder Platforms. The PMCA fosters commercial, technological and institutional innovation through a structured process that builds interest, trust and collaboration among participants. Stakeholder Platforms provide a space for potato producers, other market chain actors and service providers to come together to identify their common interests, share knowledge and develop joint activities.
This presentation describes the results of the experiences in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, using the PMCA and Stakeholder Platforms. Based on these results, lessons about the applicability of these tools in stimulating innovation, market access and social capital will be shared.