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Record number 511243
Title Institutions: Lessons from West Africa
Author(s) Röling, N.G.
Source Outlook on Agriculture 45 (2016)4. - ISSN 0030-7270 - p. 220 - 224.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0030727016675105
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract This article uses examples and insights from research in West Africa to analyse the concept of institutions and the
consequences of their ‘invisibility’ in normal agricultural development practice. Comparative action research across nine
agricultural domains in West Africa supported experiments with multilevel institutional change as a new approach to farm
development. The work was inspired by the disappointing results of the prevailing focus on adoption of technology by
individual farmers. The programme surprised those involved by showing the extent to which diagnostic studies can
uncover institutional impediments to farm innovation and the ability of multi-stakeholder processes organized by and
through innovation platforms to create multilevel opportunities for inducing change in institutional regimes. The details of
each experience have been published elsewhere. This article concludes that if climate change and other systemic crises
threaten agriculture and natural resource management, then institutional literacy and ingenuity offer a way forward.
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