Innovation Network for a climate-resilient Gran Chaco
The Great American Chaco occupies an area of approximately 1,014,000 km2. It represents the second largest forest region in Latin America, after the Amazon jungle. It is shared mainly by Argentina, Bolivia Paraguay and a small area of Brazil.
The impact caused by the increase in extreme climatic phenomena affects the families that inhabit the region, whose subsistence depends largely on the natural resources of the area.
The Innovation Network for a climate-resilient Gran Chaco brings together the Gran Chaco by grouping the organizations Proadapt and REDLAC (INTA - INIAF - IPTA) with the purpose of strengthening the technical, organizational and institutional capacities of the region, to improve the generation and utilization of knowledge for adaptation to climate change.
The integration and contribution in the articulation networks of a team of 165 technicians, researchers, and communicators, allows linking 125 organizations and 7,700 direct beneficiaries. Within this framework, the development of the 17 Demonstrative Units, where the technological path is adjusted to achieve climate-smart systems stands out.
Applying the “collective innovation approach”, together with adequate knowledge management, the aim is to give value to the work of researchers and, fundamentally, to capture and systematize the tacit knowledge available in producers and territorial organizations.
The technological solution
The “collective innovative approach” is a public-private construction based on the link between researchers and producers through a network of territorial technicians (extensionists). Its tool for action are the Demonstrative Units (DU) that, applied to Gran Chaco, strengthened the networks and the contribution in the generation of actions in the context of climate change.
The DU are production units representative of the territory. Within them the production processes, or Technological Path (ST), are adapted to local climatic conditions; being the meeting point for the sector's stakeholders and a tool for the extension strategy.
The interaction between the I+D+i teams allows detecting research demands and giving tailored responses to the particular characteristics of Gran Chaco.
Furthermore, the knowledge management strategy strengthens the I+D+i networks.
• STRENGTHENING OF THE NETWORK: With the incorporation of organizations during the process, the forming of the Goat production Network of Gran Chaco, the contribution in functional Networks (Meteorological, Beekeeping, Silkworm), and the training of the team's HR.
• CLIMATICALLY INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS / DEMONSTRATIVE UNITS (UD): 14 beekeeping DUs, 2 DUs of goats, and 1 DU of Silkworm adapt the technological path and carry out transference actions.
• EARLY COLLABORATIVE ALERTS MODEL OF THE BERMEJO-PILCOMAYO RIVER: Tri-national meteorological network, the Alarm system, and the Risk Maps, managed from Gran Chaco Proadapt, benefited 80,000 people from the risk of floods.
• AGTECH APPLIED TO KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: The internal management project platform, the “AdApp” mobile application, and the beekeeping information display systems.
• TRAINING - KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: The MOOC for beekeeping distance learning, which in its two editions exceeded 40,000 registered participants from 50 countries, and the contribution to the Degree in Beekeeping with 35 future graduates stand out. These are complemented by 14 workshops and seminars of the territorial networks, especially the ones regarding beekeeping and goats.
• 165 technicians, researchers, and communicators in the coordination of the RedLac and Gran Chaco Proadapt teams.
• 125 organizations and institutions directly linked to the Program.
• 7,700 direct beneficiaries made up of families belonging to family farming.
• 40,000 beekeepers trained in the Beekeeping MOOCs.
• 80,000 people taking advantage of the collaborative monitoring and early warning model in the face of flooding risks from the Bermejo and Pilcomayo rivers. This system is supported by the population and by data from official organizations and satellites, and is displayed in the AdApp application.
Sustainable Development Goals
- Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
- Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agropecuaria y Forestal (INIAF) - Bolivia
- Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
- Instituto Paraguayo de Tecnología Agraria (IPTA) - Paraguay
- Asociación Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral (ACDI) - Argentina
- Fundación Avina (AVINA) - Argentina