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Agro-ecological innovation in developing countries

The book “Innovation Processes in Agro-Ecological Transitions in Developing Countries”, edited by Ludovic Temple and Eveline M. F. W. Compaore Sawadogo, examines different ways in which innovation can happen in agricultural systems. Topics include financial support for biofuels research, adoption of new technology from large farms and biotechnological cotton.

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This book investigates the interactions between different shifts in innovation models. It underlines ecological conditions and production intensification in the agriculture sector. In total six innovation processes were analyzed in different countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Haiti, Madagascar and Senegal. The similarities between these case studies are that they all demonstrate that sustainable and sufficient network between actors of the innovation are particularly useful for the development of agricultural innovation systems. The different papers demonstrate that there is a need for more commitment of public policy in innovation processes.

 

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Temple, L. and Sawadogo, E.M.C. eds., 2018. Innovation Processes in Agro-Ecological Transitions in Developing Countries. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken.

Read more here and view the table of contents here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource resource How far could changes in production practices reduce GHG emissions?

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