Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa

Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa
Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa, by Kurt Larsen, Ronald Kim and Florian Theus shows how agricultural innovation arises in four African countries Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda through the lens of agribusiness, public policies, and specific value chains for food staples, high value products, and livestock.

Following are the volume’s main messages on policies, institutions and strategies that nurture innovation in the agriculture sector: agribusiness innovation is in many cases driven by the need to maintain grades and standards within the value chain, not only in the case of export markets, but also in evolving domestic and urban markets and value chains.

Determinants of innovation are not viewed individually but within the context of a complex agricultural innovation system involving many actors and interactions. Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa is based on qualitative interviews with agribusiness representatives that were designed to shed light on their experiences on public policies that either enhances or impedes innovation in Africa s agriculture sector.

In fact, the staple food sector has potential to be a source of growth, innovation and poverty reduction. The successes in value chain innovation and agribusiness production depend critically on the structure of the whole agricultural innovation system and are highly context specific.

The especially successful innovation were dependent on creating synergies between market-based and knowledge-based interactions and strong linkages within and beyond the value chain; and the public sector s innovation support has to extend to interactions, collective action and broader public-private partnership programs. This book will be of interest to policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmer organizations, NGOs, and researchers.

Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa (Agriculture and Rural Development Series)

Kurt Larsen, Ronald Kim and Florian Theus
World Bank Publications
240 pages

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