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Often driven by food security and market forces, farmers in Ethiopia have been innovating for centuries. However,
innovation developments like FRGs have started to tap into the existing social systems only in the last few years.
Similarly, there was no comprehensive study conducted on potato FRGs in the study areas. This paper is an output of research
result, which analyzed the role of local innovations to promote improved potato technologies. Data was collected
using semi-structured interview schedule involving 162 sample household heads. The result indicated that FRG participants
were better involved in problem identification, prioritization, variety evaluation and dissemination than nonmembers
were. Some of the major constraints identified from the assessment include weak linkage among stakeholders,
high expectation for material incentive and poor participation of farmers in innovation system. The result also revealed
that among fifteen independent variables tested, age of household heads, experience in potato farming, education level and
extension service showed significant difference at 1% significant level whereas on-farm income, number of extension
contact, farm distance and off-farm income showed significant difference at 10% significant level. However, the rest were
insignificant. Hence, FRG approaches have assisted to improve the participation of clients in research and development
activity. However, substantial support is required from stakeholders in order to improve linkage and broaden its scope.