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Agricultural Innovation

At KIT Institute, our expertise in research, training, and teaching helps create novel solutions for agricultural problems. Agricultural growth can help hundreds of millions of people improve their income while also securing enough food for themselves and their communities.

However many people in agricultural systems operate in increasingly complex and uncertain economic, technological and social environments. Working both in the field and with theory, we ease the pressure of constant change and complexity by supporting our clients to introduce innovation into agriculture.

Our Approach & Expertise

At KIT we work with a diverse range of individuals and organisations—such as smallholder farmers, private agents and service providers—to strengthen and accelerate problem solving and bring about desirable change within current food systems. We create tailor-made approaches for clients’ agricultural challenges by combining elements of large-scale system thinking, farmer-led innovation, and value-chain development. Using decades of theoretical as well as practical knowledge we build bridges between academia, policy makers, and private sector actors—enabling solutions that work in the field. Particular emphasis is placed on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the meaningful inclusion of women and vulnerable groups in all of these efforts.

Variety of agricultural services

The quest for innovation brings with it a need for a variety of agricultural services. Research and advisory services are perhaps the most well-known agricultural services—which need to cater to a wide range of farmers and other individuals within the agricultural sector. To do this efficiently and effectively we train and coach researchers, farmer organisations, policy makers and extension agents (i.e. those who apply research insights) to be better able to link to and learn from others involved the agricultural innovation system. Additionally, we co-design agricultural research and extension projects and policies, and support efforts to monitor and evaluate their performance.

Achieve (development) impact

We know that NGOs and research organisations are increasingly expected to achieve (development) impact at considerable scales. For many this raises questions about how to convert a successful pilot project into a large-scale project with wider public or private success. Our understanding of system processes and the best enabling conditions in environments, institutions and economic settings can aid creation of successful increases in scale. At KIT we help clients to look beyond inputs, activities and outputs, and learn about the success factors and blockers of pilot projects. Using this to help define scaling strategies—while documenting, analysing and publishing innovative developments in agricultural practices—gives KIT the edge to improve our clients’ work and achieve wide-reaching adoption of successful agricultural innovations.

Contact us

Do you have a question or want to know more? Contact us by sending an e-mail.

Featured Projects

  • End of Term Review of the Mobilising More for Climate programme (MoMo4C)

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT conducted the end of-term Review (ETR) of the five-year MoMo4C programme which used a landscape approach to mobilise funding for projects implementing Bankable Nature Solutions to tackle climate change. Programme background WWF Netherlands, IUCN and Tropenbos are working together to address the financial gap in tackling climate change. Some countries, hit hardest by the […]

  • HortiNigeria

    • Institute
    • Project

    Nigeria is currently unable to meet the local demand for vegetables, with a supply gap of around 13 million metric tons. The HortiNigeria programme aims narrow this gap by transforming and accelerating the development of a sustainable and inclusive horticulture sector that contributes to food and nutrition security in rural communities and alleviates poverty. The […]

  • Fodder Seeds: Empowering Women and Closing Gaps in Afghanistan

    • Institute
    • Project

    How can fodder gaps in the water constrained provinces of Baghlan and Nangarhar in Afghanistan be reduced? What are the links between women’s empowerment and sustainable fodder production systems? These were two of the questions addressed during a week-long workshop in Amman, Jordan organised by The International Center for Agriculture Research (ICARDA), CSIRO and Murdoch […]

  • UNDP Agribusiness Supplier Development Program

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    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute is assisting the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to help smallholder farmers and SME agribusinesses improve productivity in sub-Saharan Africa by improving sustainable business links with lead firms. Sustainable sourcing can contribute to the local economic development of suppliers, small and medium enterprises (SME) and their communities. However, leading firms are […]

  • Supporting a National Centre for Agricultural Technical Training in Egypt

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    • Project

    KIT was part of a consortium working with the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) to establish a sustainable and practice-oriented agriculture training centre for male and female skilled labour. This aimed to contribute to the delivery of adequate training for the agricultural sector in Egypt. Best practice centre  RISE – formerly the Desert […]

  • Building Life Skills for Adolescent Girls with Plan UK

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    • Project

    At the request of Plan UK, KIT Royal Tropical Institute undertook this baseline study to identify the factors affecting access to and completion of lower secondary education by girls in Cambodia, El Salvador, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. The project led to a system for improved use of data, production of […]

  • Graduate Opportunities for Innovation and Transformation (GO4IT)

    • Institute
    • Project

    Graduate Opportunities for Innovation and Transformation (GO4IT) helped train university students in Africa to bring change to rural areas. The initiative was born of the understanding that universities needed to improve the quality and content of their agricultural education programmes. KIT Royal Tropical Institute played a key role in defining and driving the strategy for […]

Our services

  • Training, Coaching & Education

    KIT Institute provides tailor-made training to clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe. Our programmes are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organisation.

  • Policy & Programme Design

    KIT Institute operates at the intersection of theory and practice and between policy and implementation, translating good intentions into meaningful social and economic impact.

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact Assessment

    Monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment are powerful tools to assess health, social, and economic impact. They allow us to learn what works and why. Our expertise and track record in these areas make us well-equipped to evaluate your work. 

  • Knowledge management

    Development and research organisations are often so focused on achieving their objectives that they find it difficult to create time to look back, analyse and learn from what they experienced and share their results.

Contact us

Do you have a question or want to know more? Contact us by sending an e-mail.

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