learning approach builds joint capacity among community members, researchers and other service providers for local on-site innovation. Learning facilitates innovation in the way local people work together and how they assess the performance of their partnerships and their production system management strategies. Enhanced innovative capacity sets the stage for improving the management of production system and the effective demand by smallholder farmers on agricultural support services. The learning process allows the stakeholders to analyse the performance of the partnerships, and find out where there is room for improvement. In this sense, learning" embraces a process of reflection in terms of the partnerships and the production system behaviour and performance.