The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is a G20 initiative to improve efficiency and effectiveness of capacity development programmes and knowledge sharing to strengthen agricultural innovation systems in the tropics and sub-tropics.
To achieve these goals, TAP has embraced the Agricultural Innovation Systems perspective, acting as a multilateral dynamic facilitation mechanism that enables better coherence and greater impact of capacity development interventions for agricultural innovation.
TAP was officially launched at the first G20 Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists (MACS) in September 2012 in Mexico and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was requested to lead its development.
TAP now comprises more than 40 global, regional and national partners representing agricultural research, education and extension, international development and funding agencies.
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TAPipedia mainly targets researchers and practitioners in the field of development and cooperation and aims to be a global information system for capacity development practices, innovation systems analysis, success stories, participatory and multi-stakeholder approaches, policy analysis and lesson learned in the context of agricultural innovation.
Partners in TAP include national agricultural research, education and extension institutions, private sector, civil society and farmers’ organizations from the G20 and developing countries, as well as key regional and international fora, networks and agencies. For more information on TAP Partners and how to become partner in TAP see here.
The Secretariat of the Tropical Agriculture platform is hosted by the Research and Extension Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The TAP Secretariat team manages the TAPipedia website.
FAO team contributing to the TAP Secretariat and the FAO-TAP DeSIRA project:
In TAP, we work to strengthen capacities of the agricultural innovation systems actors at multiple levels (individual, organizational and enabling enviroment levels). We also work to establish close linkages with relevant existing multi-partner initiatives that promote coherent institutional approaches, such as those being implemented by regional fora and international agencies.
TAPipedia was developed under the EU-funded project "Capacity Development on Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)" and is currently managed with the support of the project "Developing Capacities in Agricultural Innovation Systems: Scaling up the Tropical Agriculture Platform Framework" (TAP-FAO DeSIRA), which receives financial assistance of the European Union.
The CDAIS project supported activities of the TAP at the global level and developed approaches and methods of capacity development for agricultural innovation systems at the country level including capacity needs assessment, implementation and evaluation of interventions. Building on the CDAIS experience, the TAP-FAO DeSIRA project is being implemented in 8 countries, aiming to foster agricultural innovation at national level with focus on climate-smart innovations.
TAPipedia gathers key documents of TAP-related projects (such CDAIS and TAP-FAO DeSIRA) but also includes resources from many other providers and it is open to contributions from both organizations and individuals. Discover how in the next section.
Our repository is composed of relevant resources from our TAP partners and from other users. Resources are also collected by the TAPipedia team from recognized sources including international organizations, research institutes and peer-reviewed journals indexed in scientific databases.
Before being published, the uploaded content is subject to a quality and relevance check done by the TAPipedia team. All the uploaded content is verified by a group of specialists.
Our focus in collecting resources
The TAPipedia repository is focused on Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) and related topics. We have developed a taxonomy of 54 topics (future hyperlink here) which represent relevant aspects and dimensions of CD for AIS. These topics are used as tags for the TAPipedia resources, in order to allow an efficient filtering when searching for resources.
Three languages, several types of resources
TAPipedia makes available resources in three languages: English, Spanish and French. In the TAPipedia repository you will find a variety of resources, such as manuals, capacity development tools, presentations, project documents, general articles, peer reviewed papers and many others. Would you like to share relevant resources in TAPipedia? You can do it as an individual or as part of an organization, after a quick registration here.
In TAPipedia you can access an high quality repository and add your own resources related to capacity development for agricultural innovation. You can also discover the network of TAP partners and other organizations working in support of agricultural innovation. In TAPipedia you also find an interactive version of the TAP Common Framework, which provides guidance to better understand the architecture of agricultural innovation systems, to assess capacity development needs and to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate capacity development interventions.You can share your resources as an individual or as part of an organization, after a quick registration here .