1. Introduction

We need your help.

The Worldwatch Institute is collecting examples of agricultural innovations that farmers and others might consider using in sub-Saharan Africa. We are inviting input from farmers, agricultural scientists, government officials, and non-profit organizations. Our goal is to draw attention to the sorts of innovations that may need additional financial or policy support. We will be sharing our findings with farmer organizations, development agencies, international funders, private foundations and agricultural research institutions, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) centers throughout Africa. Already many of your responses to this survey are featured in State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, Worldwatch's annual book. We would like to continue to feature your responses on our blog: www.NourishingthePlanet.org.

We are defining the term "innovation" broadly. In some cases it may mean farmers planting a new crop variety, using a new cropping system or returning to a traditional approach to pest control. In other cases, it may mean an innovative policy, like water pricing or farmer marketing cooperatives or farmer-managed seed banks. But no matter what the innovation, we are most interested in those that take environmental sustainability into consideration, while also helping to raise farmer income and increase food security. That is, innovations that nourish people as well as the planet.

The survey has 36 questions. And while we would love for you to answer them all, we are interested in any information you have. If you only have a bit of information, we can consider this survey a first step, and we can help build on that information. And, if you have lots of information, please feel free to share it all. Please include your contact information so we can get in touch if we would like more information.