Innogen · News · June 4, 2010

Innogen's Julius Mugwagwa co-edits special issue of Journal of International Development

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The issue focus is on 'Agricultural Innovation and Food Security in Africa: Tracing Connections and Missing Links'


Innogen's Dr Julius Mugwagwa and former Innogen researcher, Dr Simon Outram edited a special issue of the Journal of International Development,vol 22 Issue 3, published in April 2010. The introduction abstract is as follows:


'Grounded in research carried out by researchers investigating different aspects of technological and institutional innovation in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), this special issue seeks to make a contribution to empirical evidence and literature on agricultural innovation globally. The contributors explore the relationship between technology, policy and public engagement approaches and wider concepts of technology development and governance, and collectively argue for a broadened perspective on innovation towards generating new ways of thinking that can ultimately improve upon existing practices in the quest for sustainable solutions to food insecurity. Overall, this is not a negative story. Instead of the now common despair about the abilities of Africa to meet it is own food-security requirements, this issue presents articles which demonstrate how much is already in place, with reflections and suggestions on how such resources can be made to work together for the greater socio-economic good of the continent.'


The articles in this issue reflect Innogen's expertise in this area and a number of our researchers contributed papers:


  • ., Wamae, Watu,  (2010) ‘Introduction: Agricultural innovation and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Tracing connections and missing links’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 283-288, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1688

  • (2010) ‘Unplugged!: An analysis of agricultural biotechnology PPPs in Kenya’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 289-307, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1689

  • Hall, Andy and (2010) ‘What do complex adaptive systems look like and what are the implications for innovation policy?’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 308-324, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1690

  • (2010) ‘Experts to the rescue? An analysis of the role of experts in biotechnology regulation in Kenya’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 325-340, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1691


  • (2010) ‘Science communication in Sub-Saharan AFrica: The case of GMOs’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 341-351, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1692

  • (2010) ‘Alone nor together? Can cross-national convergence of biosafety systems contribute to food security in SSA?’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 352-366, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1693

  • Horton, Douglas; Akello, Beatrice; Aliguma, Lucy; Bernet, Thomas; Devaux, Andre; Lemaga, Berga; Magala, Damalie; Mayanja, Sarah; Sekitto, Immaculate; Thiele, Graham and (2010) ‘Developing capacity for agricultural market chain innovation: Experience with the lsquoPMCArsquo in Uganda,’ Journal of International Development Vol 22, Issue 3, p 367-389, DOI: 10.1002/jid.1694