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Innovation Platforms and Projects to Support Smallholder Development

Experiences from Subsaharan Africa

by Jean-Yves Jamin (editorial coordination), Janice Jiggins (editorial coordination)
Collection: Hors Collection
march 2018
[NR] 74 pages In stock
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Innovation as a policy goal, normative practice, and a conceptual framing of purposeful human activity, has received increasing attention. The question of what kinds of purposeful innovation might benefit smallholders in developing countries has been raised. This issue presents and analyses the work of Innovation Platforms (IPs) established by the COS-SIS (Convergence of Sciences–Strengthening Innovation Systems) programme in nine agro-enterprise domains in West Africa, drawing on Theory Guided Process Inquiry data recorded through 2011-end 2013. Six papers synthesise individual IP experiences, complemented by a cross-case analysis of external influences on the IPs and their responses, a reflection on how well the IPs in Mali dealt with local conflicts, and an analysis of how the work of the IPs in Ghana led to changes in university curricula and in the researching practices of three leading agricultural institutes. An analysis of thirteen case studies from Kenya, Benin, and South Africa supported by the JOLISAA (Joint learning in and about Innovation Systems in African Agriculture) programme, adds further insights. Five general lessons are drawn, expressed as propositions that can be further tested against others’ experiences: (i) IPs can bring about significant socio-technical and institutional changes at a range of levels, and in a wide variety of agro-enterprise domains and contexts; (ii) the IPs are not isolated from nor independent of the networks of influence in which they are embedded; thus they cannot be treated as the sole causal agents of the changes accomplished; (iii) research that tracks the IPs’ work and performance provides evidence that enables the members to learn from experience and adjust activities in the light of effects; (iv) there is no blueprint for what an IP is nor a recipe for the processes by which such changes are brought about; the form, activities, and changes co-evolve with whatever is happening in the wider context; (v) field-based diagnosis of opportunity, evidence-based information-sharing and experimental exploration of pathways of change establish the legitimacy and influence of IPs.

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Innovation platforms and projects to support smallholder development - experiences from Sub-Saharan Africa

Janice Jiggins, Dominique Hounkonnou, Owuraku Sakyi-Dawson, Dansou Kossou, Mamoudou Traoré, Niels Röling and Arnold van Huis Cah


Mieux évaluer et accompagner l’innovation agricole en Afrique. Leçons d’une analyse transversale de 13 cas d’études

Bernard Triomphe, Anne Floquet, Brigid Letty, Geoffrey Kamau, Conny Almekinders and Ann Waters-Bayer


External influences on agro-enterprise innovation platforms in Benin, Ghana and Mali – Options for effective responses

George O. Essegbey, Owuraku Sakyi-Dawson, Dansou Kossou, Bara Ouologuem, Fidiala Dembele, Richard Adu-Acheampong and Janice Jiggins


Embedding research for innovation to meet societal needs in national research systems: experiences from Ghana

Charity Osei-Amponsah, Owuraku Sakyi-Dawson, Samuel Adjei-Nsiah, Richard Adu-Acheampong, George Essegbey and William Quarmine


An innovation platform for institutional change in Ghana's cocoa sector

Richard Adu-Acheampong, Janice Jiggins, Ebenezer Tei Quartey, Nana Maxwell Karikari, William Jonfia-Essien, Edward Quarshie, Paul Osei-Fosu, Maxwell Amuzu, Charles Afari-Mintah, Kwasi Ofori-Frimpong, Michael Owusu-Manu, Nana Nyarko Eku X, Owuraku Sakyi-Dawson, William Quarmineand Francis Otu Acquah


Innovation platforms and institutional change: the case of small-scale palm oil processing in GhanaSamuel Adjei-Nsiah and Laurens Klerkx


Innovating a system for producing and distributing hybrid oil palm seedlings to smallholder farmers in Benin

Pierre V. Vissoh, Rigobert C. Tossou, Essegbemon Akpo, Dansou Kossou and Janice Jiggins Cah.


Analyse d'une plate-forme d'innovation dans la filière karité au Mali

Amadou Sidibé, Sietze Vellema, Fadiala Dembelé, Mamoudou Traoré and Thomas W. Kuyper 


Contribution of an innovation platform to change the management of collective irrigation: a case study from the Office du Niger (Mali)

Lassine Soumano and Mamoudou Traoré


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Publisher: EDP sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Hors Collection

Published: 1 march 2018

Reference Booklet: F24018

EAN13 Booklet: 9782876147355

Format (in mm) Booklet: [NR]

Pages count Booklet: 74

Weight (in grammes): 230


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