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Record number 436882
Title Positive selection in seed potato production in Kenya as a case of successful research-led innovation
Author(s) Gildemacher, P.R.; Leeuwis, C.; Demo, P.; Borus, D.; Schulte-Geldermann, E.; Kinyae, P.; Mundia, P.; Nyongesa, M.; Struik, P.C.
Source International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 11 (2012)1. - ISSN 1474-2748 - p. 67 - 92.
Department(s) Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Abstract By identifying the success factors of a programme on positive seed potato selection, this article analyses the role of research in agricultural innovation. The positive seed selection programme developed an approach to improve the quality of seed potatoes by ware potato growers, complementary to specialized seed production systems now widely promoted in sub-Saharan Africa. With more weight being placed on innovation rather than on research outcome, the role of research has been widened and research has assumed responsibility for developing and piloting effective training through partnership with extension. Researchers effectively contributed to innovation because they were given and took the liberty of pursuing a ‘bright idea’. The case discussed in this article points out that innovation can emerge from old technology within existing institutional environments, and can be surprisingly simple as long as researchers have room to manoeuvre and opportunity to engage in partnerships with practitioners.
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