Theme 2 - People and Processes

How can we ensure that digitally enabled On-Farm Experimentation avoids the classic “Technology Fallacy,” and instead centres transformation around people? Recent research from MIT demonstrated that “people are the real key to digital transformation” (Kane 2019). Change is as much about us and our organizations as it is about the technology. Change occurs when people change, transformation occurs when individual changes scale-up through their networks and their organizations. The underlying change throughout is in knowledge and shared culture. This webinar will explore various examples of scalable change that apply to OFE, through lessons learned from thinkers and practitioners with experience in a range of institutional and business settings across the world. The webinar will focus on identifying interactions between digital technologies and these varied organizational environments that nurture (or impede) transformational change. Attention will be paid to pinpoint specific mechanisms supporting systemic goals of productivity, social and environmental sustainability, in both the Global North and the Global South.



Chair: Dr Myrtille Lacoste – Curtin University, Australia

Whole webinar: watch online

► Organising OFE while avoiding the "Technology Fallacy"

Myrtille Lacoste - Curtin University, Australia


► Enabling co-creation, inclusion and scaling from farmer engagement - Benin

Check Abdel Kader Baba – TMG Research, Germany


► Multi-Party Innovation Ecosystem Platforms - Ethiopia

Zelalem Lema – University of New England, Australia


► Managing the Interface - Falkland Islands/Australia

Matthew McNee – Department of Agriculture, Falkland Islands Government


► GeoFarmer - modular platform for community-based participation – Colombia/global

Anton Eitzinger & Osana Bonilla-Findji, CGIAR CCAFS, Alliance Bioversity, CIAT – Colombia


► Farmer Innovation Tracking: exploring for scaling and changing – France

Chloé Salembier – INRAE & FNCUMA, France


► Farmer hybridising knowledge and technologies to develop new innovations - Timor-Leste

Rob Williams – AI-Com & ACIAR, Timor-Leste


► OFE Capacities for Change - Canada/global

Helen Hambly Odame – University of Guelph & CGIAR-CIP Board, Canada


Co-moderator: Quentin Toffolini – INRAE, France


Wednesday 12th of May 2021