Agricultural Development Kenya
Organization: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Positive internal innovation has been a central element of African agriculture development, even if modern efforts have tended to look outwards. A recently published paper by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examines the role of positive deviance in Kenyan agriculture over the last 75 years. Both positive deviance and appreciative inquiry are suggested as organizing frameworks for identifying and amplifying the generation and uptake of internal African innovations.
From 2003 – 2008, USAID funded five international NGOs, (CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Mercy Corps (MC), Save the Children US (SC), and World Vision International (WVI)), to implement Positive Deviance in Indonesia as part of food security programs. Together, the five NGOs reached 9,997 children across the country. Of this number, 59.6% gained 200g between admission into the program (Day 1) and graduation from the program (Day 10). Of 4,847 participants who were weighed again at the end of the month, 45% had gained the recommended 400g. Results differed slightly (but not significantly) between implementers; however, they differed dramatically between different communities.
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