PARI - Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation


Agriculture, food security, sustainable growth, technological innovation, institutional innovation, crop modelling, Africa, India


Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia


Africa is increasingly emphasizing the role of innovation in development. Innovation for sustainable and high agricultural growth forms an important part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STI Strategy 2024). The German Government has acknowledged this innovation potential and wants to support the improvement of food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural value chains through Agricultural Innovation Centers in 12 African countries and in India. ZEF’s Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) offers independent scientific advice to support these Innovation Centers.

PARI’s main goal is to contribute to sustainable agricultural growth and food security in Africa and India by supporting the scaling of proven innovations in the agri-food sector in collaboration with all relevant actors. PARI accompanies specified innovations with ex-ante impact research and identifies further innovation opportunities, including those expressed by end users of research in collaboration with the multi-stakeholder innovation platforms. PARI also fosters synergies with and links to existing innovation systems in the respective countries.


PARI’s work is split into two main components:

  1. Conduct accompanying research with future-oriented impact analyses, including the development of a methodology and concept for strategic analysis and visioning; modeling the direct and indirect impacts of potential promising innovations; and an institutional analysis of the AICs in the context of their national agricultural innovation systems;
  2. Steer research-based design and assessment of technological and institutional innovations, including identification of promising innovations from research organisations (“top-down“ innovations) and innovations generated by farmers and other actors in the value chains (“bottom-up“ innovations).

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP)
  • Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, University of Bonn (INRES)
  • School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan at the Technical University of Munich
  • University of Hohenheim (UHOH)

Main Funding Partners

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Duration of the Project

December 2014 – December 2019

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Heike Baumüller

Dr. Heike Baumüller