Peter Gildemacher is a rural innovation specialist and tropical agronomist. 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 FunctionSenior Advisor Phone+31 20 5688663 Efirstname.lastname@example.org
Making business out of low-profit seed
Working Paper Series 2017– 1
Making a profit from seed production and marketing is clearly easier for some crops than for others. Farmers would benefit from a reliable availability of good quality seeds for crops and a continuous supply of varieties with different traits, adapted to continuously changing agro-ecological conditions and market demands. To achieve this, a functioning market with seed entrepreneurs seeking to make a profit out of seed production and marketing is needed.This paper addresses the question: ‘How can the production of crops with low profit margins on seed be turned into a business?’
Effective seed quality assurance
Working Paper Series 2017 – 2
Quality assurance is an important aspect of seed production and marketing. External quality assurance is often seen as the centre piece of the seed sector, and so when aiming to strengthen seed sector functioning, the automatic response is to improve seed certification systems. However, there is little evidence of well-functioning seed certification systems in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper investigates the different kinds of quality assurance mechanisms that are being used, and in which circumstances they work.
Financing seed business
Working Paper Series 2017 – 3:
Economic growth within the agricultural sector in Africa is very much needed to enhance food security and stimulate income generation. Investments are a prerequisite for this economic growth. However, access to finance to support investments in agriculture is a major challenge. This paper aims to answer the following research question: ‘How can emerging seed producers be provided with access to credit with favourable conditions?’
Maize Seed Systems Analysis
Catalysing innovation: from theory to action
Working Paper Series 2015 – 1
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.
Planning the unplannable: designing value chain interventions for impact @ scale
Working Paper Series 2015 – 2
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.
Bringing New Ideas into Practice
Innovation in Seed Potato Systems in Eastern Africa
Facilitation of innovation: experiences of RIU innovation platforms in Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia
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.