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Record number 507219
Title Decentralised innovation systems and poverty reduction : Experimental evidence from Central Africa
Author(s) Pamuk, Haki; Bulte, Erwin; Adekunle, Adewale; Diagne, Aliou
Source European Review of Agricultural Economics 42 (2015)1. - ISSN 0165-1587 - p. 99 - 127.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/erae/jbu007
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Adoption of agricultural innovations - Bottom-up versus top-down - Impact assessment - Innovation systems - Participatory development - Poverty
Abstract

We use experimental data to investigate whether a decentralised approach to promoting innovation in central African agriculture outperforms conventional extension approaches. Our main result is that this decentralised approach, based on so-called innovation platforms, is effective in reducing poverty - more effective than conventional extension approaches. However, we also document considerable heterogeneity in terms of platform performance.

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