Peter Gildemacher has a background as a rural innovation specialist and tropical agronomist. He is currently active as the Head of Unit of the Sustainable Economic Development & Gender Department. He has a PhD in Crop System Analysis and Innovation and Communication Studies.
1) design, management and evaluating of agricultural projects and programs;
2) documenting knowledge from practice; 3) Integrated Seed Sector Development; 4) design and implementation of agricultural extension; 5) value chain development; 6) Potato sector development.
DepartmentSustainable Economic Development & Gender TitleHead of Sustainable Economic Development & Gender Phone+31 20 5688663 Efirstname.lastname@example.org
Feeding a growing population and responding to changing markets requires innovation in agriculture. The expectations of the contribution of agricultural research to innovation are high. This paper looks at the process of agricultural innovation and the realistic contribution agricultural research can make.
Value chain development approaches seldom deliver large scale impact. Based on the examination of five cases where impact at scale was realised, recommendations are offered to increase the chances of value chain interventions contributing to impact at scale.
KIT is proud to launch a new 4 part analysis of maize seed systems – in Malawi, Zambia, Bihar in India and Chiapas in Mexico. These studies show that the maize seed sectors in these areas are quite advanced, although need better quality controls. At all 4 places hybrid varieties are now widely grown by small farmers, although in Chiapas, Malawi and Zambia local varieties remain popular for local food preparation. The studies were carried out with support from the
CGIAR Research Program (CRP) MAIZE. Please find all the reports below:
Gildemacher, P., C. Leeuwis, P. Demo, P. Kinyae, P. Mundia, M. Nyongesa, and P.C. Struik. 2012. Dissecting a successful research-led innovation process: The case of positive seed potato selection in Kenya. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 11, 1: 67-92. Gildemacher, P., E. Schulte-Geldermann, D. Borus, P. Demo, P. Kinyae, P. Mundia, and P.C. Struik. 2011. Seed Potato Quality Improvement through Positive Selection by Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. Potato Research 54:253-266. Gildemacher, P., P. Demo, I. Barker, W. Kaguongo, G. Woldegiorgis, W. Wagoire, M. Wakahiu, C. Leeuwis, and P.C. Struik. 2009. A Description of Seed Potato Systems in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. American Journal of Potato Research 86:373-382. Gildemacher, P., W. Kaguongo, O. Ortiz, A. Tesfaye, G. Woldegiorgis, W. Wagoire, R. Kakuhenzire, P. Kinyae, M. Nyongesa, P. Struik, and C. Leeuwis. 2009. Improving Potato Production in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia: A System Diagnosis. Potato Research 52:173-205. Ortiz, O., Orrego, R., Pradel, W., Gildemacher, P., Castillo, R., Otiniano, R., Gabriel, J., Vallejo, J., Torres, O., Woldegiorgis, G., Damene, B., Kakuhenzire, R., Kasahija, I. & Kahiu, I. Incentives and disincentives for stakeholder involvement in participatory research (PR): lessons from potato-related PR from Bolivia, Ethiopia, Peru and Uganda. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 9(4): 522-536. Schulte-Geldermann, E., P.R. Gildemacher, and P.C. Struik. 2012. Improving seed health and seed performance by positive selection in three Kenyan potato varieties. American Journal of Potato Research 89:429–437.
Conference papers and popular newsletters
Gildemacher, P., P. Demo, P. Kinyae, M. Nyongesa, and P. Mundia. 2007. Selecting the best plants to improve seed potato. LEISA Magazine 23:10-11. Gildemacher, P.R., 2010. Potato system diagnosis in East Africa: An innovation system analysis, 85-91 In: Cromme, N., A.B. Prakash, N. Lutaladio, and F.O. Ezeta, (eds.). Strengthening potato value chains; Technical and policy options for developing countries. FAO, Rome and CFC, Amsterdam. Gildemacher, P.R., J. Landeo, R. Kakuhenzire, W. Wagoire, M. Nyongesa, M. Tessera, N. Bouwe, A. Bararyenya, B. Hakazimana, N. Senkesha, E. Gashabuka, J. Muhinyuza, G. Forbes, and B. Lemaga. 2007. How to integrate resistant variety selection and spray regime research for IPM of potato late blight in Eastern and Central Africa, pp. 84-92. 7th Triennial African Potato Association conference. African Potato Association, Alexandria, Egypt. Gildemacher, P.R., K. Davis, N. Sellemna, W. Ochola and W. Heemskerk, 2011. Essential capacities for the future agricultural advisor and resulting challenges for education. Paper presented at the GFRAS International conference on innovations in extension and advisory services, 15-18 November 2011, Nairobi. Gildemacher, P.R., M. Tessera, W. Wagoire, R. Kakuhenzire, M. Nyongesa, N. Bouwe, A. Bararyenya, B. Hakazimana, N. Senkesha, E. Gashabuka, J. Muhinyuza, G. Forbes, O. Ortiz, and B. Lemaga. 2007. The researcher field school on potato late blight: building regional research capacity in Eastern and Central Africa, pp. 313-320. 7th Triennial African Potato Association conference. African Potato Association, Alexandria, Egypt.
Books and book chapters
Heemskerk, W.; van Dorp, M; Gildemacher, P. and Wongtschowski, M. (2014). Dealing with the Context. In: Pyburn, R and Woodhill, J. (eds.). Dynamics of Rural Innovation – A primer for emerging professionals. LM Publishers, Arnhem. Gildemacher, P.R., Demo, P., Kinyae, P., Wakahiu, M., Nyongesa, M., Zschocke, T., 2007. Select the best; positive selection to improve farm saved seed potatoes. Trainers manual. CIP / CTA, Lima / Wageningen, 108 pp. Reprinted, 2009. (Also printed in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili and Amharic). Gildemacher, P.R., Maina, P., Nyongesa, M., Kinyae, P., Gebremedhin, W., Lema, Y., Damene, B., Shiferaw, T., Kakuhenzire, R., Kashaija, I., Musoke, C., Mudiope, J., Kahiu, I., Ortiz, O., 2006.Participatory analysis of the potato knowledge and information system in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, pp. 153-166. In: Sanginga, P, Waters-Bayer, A., Kaaria, S., Njuki, J., Wettasinha, C. (eds.) Innovation Africa: Enriching farmers’ livelihoods. KIT & CFC, 2011. From Sorghum to Shrimp: a journey through commodity projects. KIT publishers, Amsterdam. 150 pp. Gildemacher, P.R., L. Oruku and E. Kamau-Mbuthia, 2012. Impact and sustainability, pp. 55-67 In: Nederlof, Wongtschowski and Van der Lee (eds.), Putting heads together; agricultural innovation platforms in practice. Bulletin 396, KIT publishers, Amsterdam. Klerkx, L. and P.R. Gildemacher, 2012. The role of innovation brokers in agricultural innovation systems, pp 221-230 In: World Bank, Agricultural innovations: an investment sourcebook. World Bank, Washington. Wachira, K, P. Gildemacher, P. Demo, W. Wagoire, P. Kinyae, J. Andrade, K. Fuglie and G. Thiele, 2008. Farmer practices and adoption of improved potato varieties in Kenya and Uganda. In Farmer practices and adoption of improved potato varieties in Kenya and Uganda, Social Sciences Working paper, 85. CIP, Lima.