Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa by Kurt Larsen

By Kurt Larsen

This publication examines how agricultural innovation arises in 4 African nations Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda in the course of the lens of agribusiness, public rules, and particular price chains for nutrients staples, excessive worth items, and cattle. Determinants of innovation will not be seen separately yet in the context of a fancy agricultural innovation method concerning many actors and interactions. the amount is predicated on qualitative interviews with agribusiness representatives that have been designed to make clear their reports on public rules that both complements or impedes innovation in Africa s agriculture area. Following are the volume's major messages on guidelines, associations and techniques that nurture innovation within the agriculture quarter: 1) agribusiness innovation is in lots of instances pushed by means of the necessity to keep grades and criteria in the price chain, not just with regards to export markets, but in addition in evolving household and concrete markets and price chains; 2) that staple nutrients quarter has capability to be a resource of development, innovation and poverty aid; three) successes in price chain innovation and agribusiness creation count severely at the constitution of the total agricultural innovation method and are hugely context particular; four) specially profitable innovation have been depending on developing synergies among market-based and knowledge-based interactions and powerful linkages inside of and past the worth chain; and five) the general public region s innovation aid has to increase to interactions, collective motion and broader public-private partnership courses. This booklet could be of curiosity to policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmer agencies, NGOs, and researchers.

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Data from the World Development Report 2008 (World Bank 2007) and the World Bank Web site. 3. org/html/extdr/foodprices/. 4. Quoted in Bradsher and Martin (2008). 5. Although funding for agricultural research and development is perhaps the best investment that a country can make—the average internal rate of return for 700 agricultural research and development projects from developing countries was an impressive 43 percent—budgets for agricultural research and development declined in half of the countries of Africa over the past 20 years (World Bank 2007b: 14).

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 need for cooling facilities, especially in remote areas, led to the unsuccessful introduction of the charcoal cooler in Uganda; its high investment costs can only be recouped through higher export volume (Kibwika, Kyazze, and NassunaMusoke 2008). Innovations in farm-level processing have been more successful in increasing product diversity. In Kenya, the government policy of promoting common farmer interest groups has led to greater farm-level processing for agricultural commodities, including tomatoes.

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