Amankwah, K, Shtaltovna, A, Kelbor, G and Hornidge, Anna-Katharina (2016) A critical review of the follow-the-innovation approach: Stakeholder collaboration andagricultural innovation development. African Journal of Rural Development, 1 (1). pp. 35-49.

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Abstract

Technological innovations have driven economic development and improvement in living conditionsthroughout history. However, the majority of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa have seldom adoptedor used science-based technological innovations. Consequently, several scholars have been persistentlyquestioning the effectiveness of intervention models in smallholder agriculture. Following the agriculturalinnovation systems framework (AIS), this paper reviews a participatory framework known as the ‘Followthe Innovation’ (FTI) approach, which was developed in the research project ‘Economic and EcologicalRestructuring of Land and Water Use in Khorezm’ (2001 - 2012) and employed in an ongoing BiomassWebproject ‘Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based valuewebs’ (2013 - 2018). The review shows a need for a broader definition of innovation as an outcome ofcollaborative or collegiate participation of multi-stakeholders processes requiring scientists, extensionists,local communities and other stakeholders to perform five key tasks jointly. Salient implications of thisreview are highlighted for transdisciplinary research (such as in the BiomassWeb project) aiming atagricultural innovation development in complex environments.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 2415-2838
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 14:28
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/2246

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