Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Human Centered and Context Specific Co-Innovation of Resilience Factors: The Case of the Goat Value Chain in Dikgale - Doreen Mnyulwa

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Human Centered and Context Specific Co-Innovation of Resilience Factors: The Case of the Goat Value Chain in Dikgale. 
Presenter: Doreen Mnyulwa (RAEIN-Africa, South Africa)
Co-Authors: Alice Maredza 
Introduction: Livestock farming is one of the resilience factors of the study area Digkale District in Limpopo, South Africa.  One of the available resource, goats, do not make a significant contribution to the incomes of the farmers. Furthermore, farmers lack the capacity to diversify goat value chains to improve income generation. 
Methods: The research employed  human centred, context specific and co-innovation approaches. The method used for the exploration of the problem situation and context (needs finding), was secondary data analysis coupled with ethnography for collection of empirical data. Ethnographic techniques used included reconnaissance surveys, key informants’ informal interviews, Focus Group Discussions, Individual In-depth Interviews, observations, and Rapid Rural Appraisal tools and techniques. These methods unraveled insights into the target community context and resilience in relation to goat value chain. Data collected informed problem reframing and concept refinement. Co-innovation was employed to generate the bundle of innovations that will enhance goat value chain. 
Findings: Thus the G4P identified narrow visioning, and cultural, technological, capacity and market limitations to goat commercialization.  As generic technological innovation for resilience have been explored elsewhere and failed, this project focused on co-innovated, human centered and contextually responsive bundle of prototypes to improve goat production, processing and commercialization. 


Doreen Mnyulwa


Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa