Innovation systems: Towards Effective Strategies in support of Smallholder Farmers

  • 17th January 2017
  • by secretary

Innovation systems: Towards effective strategies in support of smallholder farmers
Francis, J.; Mytelka, L.; van Huis, A.; Röling, N.
2016 CTA; CoS; Wageningen University and Research, 256 pages

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.

Introduction – Why Focus on Innovation Systems: Implications for Research and Policy Judith Ann Francis and Arnold van Huis

  1. Chapter 1. Innovation Systems and Agriculture: Going Beyond Research for Increasing Yields – Merle Jacob
  2. Chapter 2. Innovation Systems Approaches to Agriculture and Rural Development – John Ouma-Mugabe
  3. Chapter 3. Innovation Systems Approaches in a Time of Transition – Lynn Mytelka
  4. Chapter 4. What is Systemic about Innovation Systems? The Implications for Policies, Governance and Institutionalization – Ray Ison
  5. Chapter 5. The Use of Innovation Systems in a Technology Development Programme: The Case of Research Into Use (RIU) – Norman Clark
  6. Chapter 6. Building Innovation Capacity of Local Actors: The Case of the Chilean and Argentine Wine Industries – Fulvia Farinelli
  7. Chapter 7. Innovation Systems and Capability Building among Smallholder Farmers: Lessons and Insights from Kenya’s Flower Farmers – Maurice Bolo
  8. Chapter 8. Political Power in Innovation Systems: Smallholder Sustainable Intensification and Rural Mechanization – Stephen Biggs and Scott Justice
  9. 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
  10. Chapter 10. Research and Experimentation in Support of Artisanal Palm Oil Production in Ghana – Charity Osei-Amponsah
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Chapter 16. Innovation Systems, Douglas, Douglass and Beyond: Using Cultural Theory to understand Approaches to Smallholder Development in Sub-Saharan Africa – Niels Röling
  17. Chapter 17. Innovation Systems, Agricultural Development and Economic Empowerment: Lessons from CTA’s Agricultural Science Technology and Innovation System Capacity – Judith Francis