Agricultural innovation platforms in West Africa: How does strategic institutional entrepreneurship unfold in different value chain contexts?

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dc.contributor.author Van Paassen, A.
dc.contributor.author Klerkx, L.
dc.contributor.author Adu-Acheampong, R.
dc.contributor.author Adjei-Nsiah, S.
dc.contributor.author Zannoue, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-26T09:28:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-26T09:28:52Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.5367/oa.2014.0178
dc.identifier.other Vol. 43(3): pp 193-200
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/25781
dc.description.abstract Inspired by innovation system theory, donors promote innovation platforms (IPs) to enhance collaboration for development. However, IP practice and impact are diverse: hence the question arises of whether and how IP approaches are able to create institutional change for the benefit of smallholders. The authors present the experience of an action research programme in West Africa and analyse the cases from a dialectic perspective on institutional entrepreneurship. The results show that a researcher-initiated open IP approach with clear principles and in-depth analysis of the value chain context is able to create reasonably effective IP coalitions for smallholder development. In a mature value chain, it may be possible to mobilize high-level actors, but IPs often start at a lower level and apply a two-pronged approach. They focus primarily on research and communication to improve smallholder technical and entrepreneurial practices, while diligently mobilizing high-level actors to attain critical regulatory and/or market support. Mobilization success is limited in contentious environments. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Outlook on Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Dialectics en_US
dc.subject Institutional entrepreneurship en_US
dc.subject Strategic choice en_US
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.title Agricultural innovation platforms in West Africa: How does strategic institutional entrepreneurship unfold in different value chain contexts? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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