The CRP on dryland systems has adopted innovation platform as the approach to address complex problems that the smallholder farmers are facing. The emphasis is on using a systems approach by bringing together various actors to work in a way that maximizes synergies. In East Shewa action site, an innovation platform involving various stakeholder groups with interest in improving the smallholder agriculture and local environment. The members made met at regular intervals and made extensive deliberations on the challenges that the smallholder farmers in the target areas are facing and identified options available to address the same. The identified options were taken up by the members for implementation as per the work plans agreed upon. Below is the summary of IP discussions that include agreed work plans and progress made in implementing the work plans as captured in the proceedings of the IP meetings. The information in these reports and experiences gained from operating the IP will form the basis for developing appropriate guidelines to form and operate IPs.