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Managing complexity and uncertainty in agricultural innovation through adaptive project design and implementation

Managing complexity and uncertainty in agricultural innovation through adaptive project design and implementation

Bentley, Jeff, Naziri, Diego ORCID: 0000-0002-8078-5033, Prain, Gordon, Kikulwe, Enoch, Mayanja, Sarah, Devaux, André and Thiele, Graham (2020) Managing complexity and uncertainty in agricultural innovation through adaptive project design and implementation. Development in Practice, 31 (2). pp. 198-213. ISSN 0961-4524 (Print), 1364-9213 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2020.1832047)

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Abstract

The recent shift towards agricultural innovation systems recognizes that agricultural development is complex and must involve multiple actors. This makes innovation through a project framework inherently challenging. This paper draws lessons from a project that fostered postharvest innovations in Uganda. First, a two-stage design allowed scoping out business cases with partners to identify potential innovations. Second, stakeholders used the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) to flexibly develop the innovations. Third, flexible funding made it possible to seize new opportunities along the way. Fourth, the project was attentive to surprises in implementation and encouraged reflection.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, environment, Sub-Saharan Africa, aid effectiveness
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 > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2021 12:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 5
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28006

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