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Record number 453646
Title Institutional change towards sustainable agriculture in West Africa
Author(s) Struik, P.C.; Klerkx, L.W.A.; Huis, A. van; Röling, N.G.
Source International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 12 (2014)3. - ISSN 1473-5903 - p. 203 - 213.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2014.909641
Department(s) Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Laboratory of Entomology
PE&RC
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) innovation systems - farmers - benin - ghana - netherlands - management - sector
Abstract This paper describes why inter- and trans-disciplinary research, accompanied by innovation platforms, is essential in the context of agricultural development in West Africa. The institutional context in West Africa can become a trap for smallholder farmers and for society at large. Therefore, we argue that an enabling institutional context is necessary to achieve an increase in agricultural production. This will have consequences for setting priorities of agricultural research and the way research should be organized in order to have impact. Within the framework of two consecutive programmes, attempts were made to create such an enabling context. The first programme, focusing on participatory technology development, showed that smallholders can capture only limited benefits from technologies because of their constrained opportunities. The point of departure for the second programme was that institutions explain a large portion of variance in agricultural output and that multistakeholder innovation platforms at local, district, and national levels are needed to create change. The paper concludes with an overview of this special issue, which provides nine case studies of institutional factors that influence smallholder innovation. Each of these case studies identifies and analyses institutional mechanisms at aggregation levels higher than the household, farm, or village.
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