Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa by Kurt Larsen

By Kurt Larsen

This publication examines how agricultural innovation arises in 4 African nations Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda during the lens of agribusiness, public rules, and particular price chains for meals staples, excessive worth items, and cattle. Determinants of innovation are usually not seen separately yet in the context of a fancy agricultural innovation approach related to many actors and interactions. the quantity relies on qualitative interviews with agribusiness representatives that have been designed to make clear their reports on public regulations that both complements or impedes innovation in Africa s agriculture area. Following are the volume's major messages on guidelines, associations and methods that nurture innovation within the agriculture region: 1) agribusiness innovation is in lots of circumstances pushed through the necessity to continue grades and criteria in the price chain, not just relating to export markets, but additionally in evolving household and concrete markets and cost chains; 2) that staple nutrients area has power to be a resource of progress, innovation and poverty aid; three) successes in price chain innovation and agribusiness construction count seriously at the constitution of the total agricultural innovation procedure and are hugely context particular; four) specifically winning innovation have been depending on growing synergies among market-based and knowledge-based interactions and robust linkages inside and past the price chain; and five) the general public region s innovation aid has to increase to interactions, collective motion and broader public-private partnership courses. This publication might be of curiosity to policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmer enterprises, NGOs, and researchers.

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6. To promote innovation, the public sector could further support interactions, collective action, and broader public-private partnership programs. Supporting and strengthening interactions and links: The country studies suggest that, from a public sector perspective, improvements in AIS policy design, governance, implementation, and the enabling environment will be most effective when combined with activities to strengthen innovation capacity. Success stories where synergies could be created by combining market-based and knowledge-based interactions and strong links within and beyond the value chain point to an innovation strategy that has to be 12 AGRIBUSINESS AND INNOVATION SYSTEMS IN AFRICA holistic in nature and focus, in particular, on strengthening the interactions between key public, private, and civil society actors.

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In contrast to Ghana’s public sector support and organizational efforts to steer the industry toward starch production for export markets, Tanzania’s innovations were mostly private sector driven, with little government support. As in the Ghanaian case, research institutes helped educate producers about processing technology management; the development of new cassava varieties and products, such as cassava chips and fortified flours; and assistance in acquiring better processing tools such as chippers, graters, and presses.

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