Diagnosing constraints to market participation of small ruminant producers in northern Ghana: An innovation systems analysis



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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2012.06.002
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2012.06.002
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1573-5214
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journal article
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NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Pages: 
37-47
Volume: 
60-63
Year: 
2012
Author(s): 
Amankwah, K.
Klerkx, L. W. A.
Oosting, S. J.
Sakyi-dawson, O.
van der Zijpp, A. J.
Millar, D.
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This paper assesses why participation in markets for small ruminants is relatively low in northern Ghana by analysing the technical and institutional constraints to innovation in smallholder small ruminant production and marketing in Lawra and Nadowli Districts.  It is argued in this paper that for the majority of smallholders, market production, which requires high levels of external inputs or intensification of resource use, is not a viable option. The main implications of the study are (1) that other institutional constraints than market access constraints should be addressed, (2) that commercial livestock production should not be idealized as the best or only option (as is being done in many contemporary interventions that aim at incorporating smallholders into commodity value chains), and (3) that different types of small ruminant system innovation pathways should be explored by making use of local positive deviants.

Publication year: 
2012