Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa by Kurt Larsen

By Kurt Larsen

This ebook examines how agricultural innovation arises in 4 African nations Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda during the lens of agribusiness, public guidelines, and particular price chains for nutrients staples, excessive worth items, and farm animals. Determinants of innovation aren't seen separately yet in the context of a posh agricultural innovation process related to many actors and interactions. the quantity relies on qualitative interviews with agribusiness representatives that have been designed to make clear their reports on public regulations that both complements or impedes innovation in Africa s agriculture region. Following are the volume's major messages on guidelines, associations and methods that nurture innovation within the agriculture area: 1) agribusiness innovation is in lots of instances pushed by way of the necessity to preserve grades and criteria in the price chain, not just in relation to export markets, but in addition in evolving family and concrete markets and price chains; 2) that staple foodstuff zone has power to be a resource of progress, innovation and poverty aid; three) successes in price chain innovation and agribusiness construction rely seriously at the constitution of the full agricultural innovation method and are hugely context particular; four) specially winning innovation have been depending on growing synergies among market-based and knowledge-based interactions and robust linkages inside of and past the price chain; and five) the general public quarter s innovation aid has to increase to interactions, collective motion and broader public-private partnership courses. This ebook could be of curiosity to policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmer firms, NGOs, and researchers.

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These differences are created by the relative distribution of road and transport infrastructure, by the relative distance to principal urban or export markets, and by the relative efficiency in assembling commodity supplies and supply chain management and coordination. With the emergence of urban supermarkets and the hotel industry in Uganda and elsewhere, supermarkets that serve the poorer peripheries (Weatherspoon and Reardon 2003) and local niche markets have developed to serve specific customer preferences and provide new opportunities for farmers, agribusiness, and value chain evolution.

The country studies also analyze broader innovation processes within the agricultural sector while providing a more in-depth understanding of the drivers and constraints of innovation, particularly within agribusiness interactions and specific markets. What lessons can we distill from the main themes of the studies? What can policy makers, research institutes, donors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), farmers’ organizations, and others learn about policies, institutions, and strategies that nurture innovation in the agricultural sector, especially related to agribusiness?

INTRODUCTION AND MAIN MESSAGES 11 The state needs to build institutional capacity to provide a functioning enabling environment for agribusiness innovation. The AIS framework, according to the country reports, emphasizes the critical role of the enabling environment for innovation. The reports indicate, however, that the different actors in the innovation system rarely benefit. The lack of effective enforcement or implementation of standards and certification systems or other supportive governmental policies hinders agribusiness efforts to compete in export markets with higher profit margins.

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