The evolution of the MasAgro hubs: responsiveness and serendipity as drivers of agricultural innovation in a dynamic and heterogeneous context



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Type: 
journal article
Journal: 
The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Number: 
5
Pages: 
455–470
Volume: 
22
Year: 
2016
Author(s): 
Camacho-Villa T. C.
Almekinders C.
Hellin J.
Martinez-Cruz T. E.
Rendon-Medel R.
Guevara-Hernández F.
Beuchelt T. D.
Govaerts B.
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Little is known about effective ways to operationalize agricultural innovation processes. The authors of this article use the MasAgro program in Mexico (which aims to increase maize and wheat productivity, profitability and sustainability), and the experiences of middle level ‘hub managers’, to understand how innovation processes occur in heterogeneous and changing contexts. Their research shows how a program, that initially had a relatively narrow technology focus, evolved towards an innovation system approach. The adaptive management of such a process was in response to context-specific challenges and opportunities. In the heterogeneous context of Mexico this results in diverse ways of operationalization at the hub level, leading to different collaborating partners and technology portfolios.

Publication year: 
2016