Unravelling institutional determinants affecting change in agriculture in West Africa



http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14735903.2014.909642
DOI: 
10.1080/14735903.2014.909642
ISBN: 
1473-5903
ISSN: 
10.1080/14735903.2014.909642
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Type: 
journal article
Journal: 
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Number: 
12
Pages: 
370-382
Volume: 
3
Year: 
2014
Author(s): 
Struik, P. C.
Klerkx, L.
Hounkonnou, D.
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This paper compares lessons learned from nine studies that explored institutional determinants of innovation towards sustainable intensification of West African agriculture. The studies investigated issues relating to crop, animal, and resources management in Benin, Ghana, and Mali.The studies showed that political ambitions to foster institutional change were often high (restoring the Beninese cotton sector and protecting Ghanaian farmers against fluctuating cocoa prices) and that the institutional change achieved was often remarkable. However, flexibility of institutions, co-evolution of technical and institutional change, and increased transparency are needed to make institutional change successful. The programme Convergence of Sciences – Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems encouraged interventions where needed and enabled researchers and stakeholders to acquire the change capacities required to identify the need and potential for change and to make change happen.

Publication year: 
2014
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