|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.|
Development Economics Group
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Adoption of agricultural innovations - Bottom-up versus top-down - Impact assessment - Innovation systems - Participatory development - Poverty|
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.