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On no other continent is the need for agricultural research greater than it is in Africa. Nowhere are the complexities of producing well- adapted agricultural technologies more binding, yet the basic institutions supporting agriculture are some of the weakest in the developing world. In Africa, the challenge of increasing food supply to keep pace with population growth and rising urban demand, of producing the agricultural technologies that will fuel that process, and of designing the basic institutions that will create and deliver these technologies, remains largely unfulfilled.

     Transformation of Agricultural Research Systems in Africa: Lessons from Kenya analyzes Kenya’s experiences in transforming its Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) over time. Kenya was chosen because it is the third largest agricultural research system in sub-Saharan Africa, and it has been reorganized to make it more efficient in serving the needs of small- scale farms in national, regional, and global markets. The authors are highly seasoned professionals with years of experience in crafting institutional innovations. This case study can be used to draw implications for other research systems in sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

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Although many sub-Saharan African countries have established national agricultural research institutes with broad mandates, Ndiritu (former director of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), Lynam (associate director of the Food Security Division, Rockefeller Foundation, Kenya), and Mbabu (technical officer for planning, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, Uganda) observe that they have largely been unable to meet the challenges put before them. They present 17 papers that address this problem from the perspective of long- term processes of institution building and institutional transformation. The first set of papers describes interactions between the structure, dynamics, and resource base of the agricultural sector and the organization and priorities of the agricultural research system. The next set analyzes internal institutional processes such as setting research priorities. Discussion then switches to the institutional setting of the research system, with a particular focus on the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. The final section examines options and constraints in institutional financing.
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Although many sub-Saharan African countries have established national agricultural research institutes with broad mandates, Ndiritu (former director of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), Lynam (associate director of the Food Security Division, Rockefeller Foundation, Kenya), and Mbabu (technical officer for planning, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, Uganda) observe that they have largely been unable to meet the challenges put before them. They present 17 papers that address this problem from the perspective of long- term processes of institution building and institutional transformation. The first set of papers describes interactions between the structure, dynamics, and resource base of the agricultural sector and the organization and priorities of the agricultural research system. The next set analyzes internal institutional processes such as setting research priorities. Discussion then switches to the institutional setting of the research system, with a particular focus on the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. The final section examines options and constraints in institutional financing. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

On no other continent is the need for agricultural research greater than it is in Africa. Transformation of Agricultural Research Systems in Africa: Lessons from Kenya analyzes Kenya’s experiences in transforming its Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) over time. Kenya was chosen because it is the third largest agricultural research system in sub-Saharan Africa, and it has been reorganized to make it more efficient in serving the needs of small- scale farms in national, regional, and global markets. The authors are highly seasoned professionals with years of experience in crafting institutional innovations. This case study can be used to draw implications for other research systems in sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

About the Author

Cyrus Ndiritu became the Director-General of ISNAR in 2

John K. Lynam is associate Director of the Food Security Division, Rockefeller Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya. He is author of The Cassava Transformation and an editor of Transformation of Educational Research Systems.

Adiel Nkonge Mbabu is technical officer for planning at ASARECA in Kampala, Uganda.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870137396
Editor:
Ndiritu, Cyrus G.
Editor:
Lynam, John K.
Editor:
Ndiritu, Cyrus G.
Editor:
Lynam, John K.
Editor:
Mbabu, Adiel N.
Author:
Ndiritu, Cyrus G.
Author:
Mbabu, Adiel N.
Author:
Lynam, John K.
Editor:
Mbabu, Adiel N.
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Agriculture -- Research -- Kenya.
Subject:
National agricultural research systems.
Subject:
Africa
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
438
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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On no other continent is the need for agricultural research greater than it is in Africa. Transformation of Agricultural Research Systems in Africa: Lessons from Kenya analyzes Kenya’s experiences in transforming its Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) over time. Kenya was chosen because it is the third largest agricultural research system in sub-Saharan Africa, and it has been reorganized to make it more efficient in serving the needs of small- scale farms in national, regional, and global markets. The authors are highly seasoned professionals with years of experience in crafting institutional innovations. This case study can be used to draw implications for other research systems in sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

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