Key lessons from a cross-analysis of innovation tell us about agricultural innovation experiences in Africa

Triomphe Bernard, Kamau Geoffrey, Vodouhé Simplice Davo, Letty Brigid, Nganga Teresiah. 2012. Key lessons from a cross-analysis of innovation tell us about agricultural innovation experiences in Africa. In : Producing and reproducing farming systems: New modes of organization for sustainable food systems of tomorrow : Book of abstract of the 10th European IFSA Symposium. IFSA. Vienne : IFSA, Résumé, p. 45. European IFSA Symposium. 10, Aarhus, Danemark, 1 July 2012/4 July 2012.

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Abstract : Within the context of the FP7 JOLISAA project (JOint Learning in and about Innovation Systems in African Agriculture), an inventory of innovation experiences was developed covering three African countries: Kenya, South Africa and Benin, and focusing on diverse innovation experiences in which at least 3 different types of stakeholders were involved, and being at least three years old. The inventory was made according to a common analytical framework and guidelines to ensure cross-comparison across cases and countries. The inventory consists of two interrelated templates: (1) an MS Excel © template which covers semi-qualitative characteristics, and (2) a MS Word © template, which offers a short qualitative description. National teams used two major avenues to identify cases: literature searches and interactions with a range of institutions and networks engaged in agricultural innovation. Interviews with resource persons and field visits were also conducted to supplement the available / accessible documentation. The completed inventory includes 50 documented cases, covering a wide diversity of experiences, including different types, domains, scales and timelines of innovation, with different degrees of success or impact in terms of improving smallholder-livelihoods. The 50 cases share a number of key features: the common occurrence of "innovation bundles" (a combination of technological, social and/or institutional innovation); the non-linearity of the innovation process; the strategic importance of market linkages in triggering or driving many of the innovations; and a usually close relationship between innovation and externally-funded projects. NAtional terams faced several challenges during the inventory process, including a proper understanding and consistent use of key innovaiton-related concepts.(Texte integral)

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Triomphe Bernard, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Kamau Geoffrey, KARI (KEN)
  • Vodouhé Simplice Davo, UAC (BEN)
  • Letty Brigid, INR (ZAF)
  • Nganga Teresiah, UAC (BEN)

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