Innovation systems: Towards effective strategies in support of smallholder farmers

The result of an expert consultation, this publication examines ‘innovations systems’ – a concept suggested as underpinning industrial development – as a strategy for agricultural development. Innovation systems approaches conceptualise change as a long-term, socially-embedded process, and recognise the important role policy plays in shaping the parameters within which decisions are made. Providing a collection of papers and commentaries from the world’s top scholars and practitioners, this book looks at the strengths – but also the weaknesses and challenges – of the innovations systems approach and how it may be applied to benefit smallholder farmers.

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    Introduction - Why Focus on Innovation Systems: Implications for Research and Policy Judith Ann Francis and Arnold van Huis
    Chapter 1. Innovation Systems and Agriculture: Going Beyond Research for Increasing Yields - Merle Jacob
    Chapter 2. Innovation Systems Approaches to Agriculture and Rural Development - John Ouma-Mugabe
    Chapter 3. Innovation Systems Approaches in a Time of Transition - Lynn Mytelka
    Chapter 4. What is Systemic about Innovation Systems? The Implications for Policies, Governance and Institutionalization - Ray Ison
    Chapter 5. The Use of Innovation Systems in a Technology Development Programme: The Case of Research Into Use (RIU) - Norman Clark
    Chapter 6. Building Innovation Capacity of Local Actors: The Case of the Chilean and Argentine Wine Industries - Fulvia Farinelli
    Chapter 7. Innovation Systems and Capability Building among Smallholder Farmers: Lessons and Insights from Kenya’s Flower Farmers - Maurice Bolo
    Chapter 8. Political Power in Innovation Systems: Smallholder Sustainable Intensification and Rural Mechanization – Stephen Biggs and Scott Justice
    Chapter 9. The Uses of Research: Action Researching in and Across Nine Agro-Enterprise Domains. The Experience of the Convergence of Sciences-Strengthening Innovation Systems Programme in Benin, Ghana and Mali - Janice Jiggins, G. Essegbey, L. Klerkx, A. van Paassen, R. Pyburn and R. Tossou
    Chapter 10. Research and Experimentation in Support of Artisanal Palm Oil Production in Ghana - Charity Osei-Amponsah
    Chapter 11. Innovation Platform and Pricing Policies: The Case of Cocoa in Ghana - Richard Adu-Acheampong, E. Tei-Quartey, W. Jonfia-Essien, M. Owusu-Manu, M.S.N.K. Addo, K. Ofori-Frimpong, P. Osei-Fosu, M. Amuzu, C. Afari-Mintah, N. N. Eku-X, E.T.N. Quarshie and F. Otu Acquah
    Chapter 12. The Theory of Change Underlying the Efficiency of Agricultural Innovation Platforms (IPs): The Case of the Thyolo Vegetable IP in Malawi - Adewale Adekunle, A.O. Fatunbi and N. Kefasi
    Chapter 13. Innovation Platforms for Smallholders in Maize and Cassava Value Chains: DONATA’s Experiences in West and Central Africa - Sidi Sanyang, S.J.B. Taonda, J. Kuiseu and A. Kafando
    Chapter 14. Making Sense of Innovation Processes in African Smallholder Agriculture - Bernard Triomphe, A. Floquet, G. Kamau, B. Letty, C. Almekinders and A. Waters-Bayer
    Chapter 15. The Journey to R4D: An Institutional History of an Australian Initiative on Food Security in Africa - Andy Hall, P. Carberry, A. Djikeng, H. Roy-Macauley, B. Pengelly, A. Njoya, L. Ndungu, I. Kollo, C. Bruce, L. McMillan, R. Ison and B. Keating
    Chapter 16. Innovation Systems, Douglas, Douglass and Beyond: Using Cultural Theory to understand Approaches to Smallholder Development in Sub-Saharan Africa - Niels Röling
    Chapter 17. Innovation Systems, Agricultural Development and Economic Empowerment: Lessons from CTA’s Agricultural Science Technology and Innovation System Capacity - Judith Francis

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