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Innovation Research in High-Value Commodity Chains: Lessons Learned

Jensen, Henning Høgh; Odhong, Charles; Odwonga, Richard N and Halberg, Niels (2013) Innovation Research in High-Value Commodity Chains: Lessons Learned. Paper at: International workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 29th-31st May, 2013.

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The current paper reports on the main findings emerging from a research alternative to the two dominant paradigms in agricultural development. This alternative is both context-driven and problem-focused on the rapidly developing East African market-oriented agriculture that demonstrates high economic growth rates based on high-value market-driven commodity chains. The approach to this innovative research in high-value chains includes information feedback loops that bring back translated reports regarding market requirements, retailers’ requests, tailor made production techniques, etc. These reports include price determining information like preferences for certain quality attributes such as colour, size, and texture in addition to extrinsic quality attributes such as food safety, production method, as well as the values that are embedded in certified organic, environmental issues or place of origin. The research was conducted in close collaboration with farmers to increase the adoption rate of the innovations being developed.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation: Denmark
International Projects > Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark - DANIDA > Productivity and Growth in Organic Value-chains (ProGrOV)
Deposited By: Jensen, Dr Henning Høgh
ID Code:23259
Deposited On:15 Jan 2014 12:42
Last Modified:15 Jan 2014 12:42
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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