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Doing things differently: Post-harvest innovation learning alliances in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Doing things differently: Post-harvest innovation learning alliances in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Mvumi, Brighton M., Morris, Mike, Stathers, Tanya E. ORCID: 0000-0002-7767-6186 and Riwa, William (2008) Doing things differently: Post-harvest innovation learning alliances in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In: Sanginga, Pascal, Waters-Bayer, Ann, Kaaria, Susan, Njuki, Jemimah and Wettasinha, Chesha, (eds.) Innovation Africa: Enriching Farmers' Livelihoods. Routledge, London, pp. 186-202. ISBN 978-1844076710 (doi:10.4324/9781849771733)

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Abstract

Conventional approaches to technology transfer within small-scale farming systems have frequently failed. Household food security remains precarious for many smallholder farmers, and food production levels show little or no increase. Post-harvest service provision and research have focused on technology development, with less attention being given to understanding delivery-system constraints, to distinguishing between the needs and priorities of different households or to exploring farmers’ own research capabilities. Recent approaches to scaling up technologies – both products and processes – point to the dependence of up-scaling on the activities and interactions of a diversity of key players and organizations, all together referred to as the innovation system (see Figure 12.1) (Arnold and Bell, 2001; Hall et al, 2003; Lundy et al, 2004). Here, institutional arrangements (or institutions) refer to ‘the mechanisms, rules and customs by which people and organizations interact with each other’ (North, 1990). The key challenge to effecting impact is perceived less in terms of devising new technologies – doing different things – and more in terms of improving the working of the innovation system – doing things differently – to overcome institutional constraints. Translating ideas into social and economic use requires appropriate technologies (hardware innovation), compatible mindsets (software innovation) and favourable institutional settings (system-ware innovation).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 12.
Uncontrolled Keywords: postharvest, innovation systems, learning alliances, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, social learning processes
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Postharvest Science and Technology Research Group
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 13:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22407

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