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

Africa / Biotechnology / Events / Innovation / Institutions / Research Uptake / Smallholders / Universities

Celebrating advances of biotechnology for food and nutrition security in Kenya

The Scinnovent Centre, African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF), and The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) jointly organized an event to commemorate this year’s African Scientific Revival Day. Held on 30th June 2014 at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL), housed at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the theme for this year’s event … 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