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Development and dissemination of agroprocessing technologies

Development and dissemination of agroprocessing technologies

Conroy, C., Gordon, A. and Marter, A. (1995) Development and dissemination of agroprocessing technologies. NRI Socio-economic Series, 8 . Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK. ISBN 0-85954-423-0

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Technology development (TD) can assist in the generation of small- and medium-scale agroprocessing for sustainable livelihoods in poorer communities. This is because of backward links to agriculture and foreward links to downstream processing. Although Northern - and Southern-based agencies have given substantial assistance to TD, their past performance with regard to support has often been weak. It has been argued that this weakness suggests that TD would be better left to the private sector. However, although it has much to offer, there are circumstances, for example if the real or perceived risks are too high or if information on technology is limited, when the private sector would be unable or unwilling to take advantage of TD opportunities. Therefore, although support for TD is clearly indicated, lessons learnt from past experience must be applied. The results of this study suggest that most of the previous failures have been due to relatively mundane shortcomings such as operational problems within TO agencies or inadequate application of appropriate TD procedures. The paper concludes with a review of institutional issues and methodological tools, and includes an appraisal of areas for future research.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: [1] ISSN: 0967-0548
Uncontrolled Keywords: agroprocessing, development, livelihoods, sustainability, poor, poverty, technology, research
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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