Innovation Africa: enriching farmers’ livelihoods
September 7, 2009 Editor 1
By P. C. Sanginga, Ann Waters-Bayer, Susan Kaaria, Jemimah Njuki, Chesha Wettasinha
Agricultural research, extension and education can contribute greatly to enhancing agricultural production in a sustainable way and to reducing poverty in the developing world, but achievements have generally fallen short of expectations in Africa. In recent years, growing economic and demographic pressures – coupled with the entry of new market forces and actors – have created a need and an opportunity for more interactive approaches to development. Understanding the existing innovation processes, recognising the potentials for catalysing them and learning how to support joint innovation by different groups will be the key to success.
This book covers new conceptual and methodological developments in agricultural innovation systems, and showcases recent on-the-ground experiences in different contexts in Africa. The contributions show how innovation is the outcome of social learning through interaction of individuals and organisations in both creating and applying knowledge. It brings examples of how space and incentives have been created to promote collaboration between farmers, research, extension and the private sectors to develop better technologies and institutional arrangements that can alleviate poverty. In 25 broad-ranging chapters the book reflects cutting-edge thinking and practice in catalysing and supporting innovation processes in agriculture and management of natural resources.
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Tags: agricultural production, agricultural research, ann waters bayer, cutting edge, demographic pressures, developing world, different contexts, farmers research, incentives, innovation processes, innovation systems, institutional arrangements, interaction, interactive approaches, methodological developments, natural resources, organisations, poverty, private sectors, showcases
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This is great because agriculture in Africa must be brought into the 21st century