Innovation systems / Institutions / Partnerships / Smallholders

Innovation systems and capability building among smallholders: How do institutional arrangements fit in this nexus?

One of the chapters in a newly published book on innovation systems considers how institutional arrangements influence interactive learning among actors in an innovation system. The chapter is based on a case study of the floriculture industry in Kenya and focuses on how knowledge generation and sharing contributes to learning, innovation and capability building among farmers. Continue reading

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Events / Institutions / Intellectual Property Rights / Partnerships / public-private linkages / Research / Research Uptake

The Scinnovent Centre participates in the Annual science week

The National Science week held annually, is organized and hosted by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation in Kenya (NACOSTI). This year’s event themed ‘the role of science, technology and innovation in the Post- 2015 development agenda’ was held on 11 to 15 May 2015 at the University of Nairobi. The Director, Scinnovent Centre, delivered a keynote presentation under sub-theme 5 on knowledge management and technology transfer. Continue reading

Africa / Events / Innovations / Institutions / Partnerships / Policies / public-private linkages / Research Uptake / Universities

What options for enhanced public-private sector linkages and commercialisation of research?

On 15 to 17 October 2014, Dr. Maurice Bolo, the Director Scinnovent Centre was in the Netherlands to participate in an international forum on  ‘Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security’. With emphasis on Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific region, the event which attracted policy makers, senior scientists, innovators, scholars and private … Continue reading

Innovations / News / Partnerships / Research Uptake / Universities

Strengthening the linkages between Universities/ public research institutes and the private sector in Africa

As countries transition into the knowledge-based economy, the role of knowledge is becoming ever more imperative. Consequently, its generation, sharing, application and translation into economic or social use has become a key determinant in the competitiveness of firms, organizations and nations. Policymakers and development practitioners are now paying a keen attention into the processes of … Continue reading

Innovation / Institutions / Learning / Partnerships / Smallholders

Do partnerships between farmers and exporters lead to learning and innovation? insights from Kenya’s cut-flower industry

A new study reveals that institutional set-up and governance arrangements could enhance opportunities for learning and innovation for smallholder farmers.  The study investigates the role of partnerships between smallholder cut-flower farmers and exporters in Kenya in fostering innovation and learning. The study paper is part of the proceedings of the international conference on ‘Innovations in … Continue reading