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The New HarvestAgricultural Innovation in Africa$
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Calestous Juma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190237233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237233.001.0001

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Agricultural Innovation Systems

Agricultural Innovation Systems

(p.83) 4 Agricultural Innovation Systems
The New Harvest

Calestous Juma

Oxford University Press

The use of emerging technology and indigenous knowledge to promote sustainable agriculture will require adjustments in existing institutions. New approaches will need to be adopted to promote close interactions between government, business, farmers, academia, and civil society. The aim of this chapter is to identify novel agricultural innovation systems of relevance to Africa. It will examine the connections between agricultural innovation and wider economic policies. Agriculture is inherently a place-based activity, and thus the chapter will outline strategies that reflect local needs and characteristics. Positioning sustainable agriculture as a knowledge-intensive sector will require fundamental reforms in existing learning institutions, especially universities and research institutes. University-industry linkages and agricultural clusters are especially important. Specifically, key functions such as research, teaching, extension, and commercialization need to be much more closely integrated.

Keywords:   agricultural innovation, clusters, university-industry linkages, Africa, sustainable agriculture, economic policies

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