Technology Development Assistance for Agriculture
Book published based on DFID Research into Use programme
Under the leadership of Prof Norman Clark (Open University), Innogen played a major role in the development of the DFID-funded Research into Use (RIU) programme (2006 – 2012).
As part of the programme’s conclusion last year, Prof Clark has given a series of presentations on the “Best Bets” part of the programme, which sought to mobilise private sector led consortia in Africa. Additionally, the RIU programme was instrumental in the achievement of a Digital Emmy award in 2011, the development and market testing of an innovative social bond for sleeping sickness control, and the development of new social business models including warehouse receipting in Rwanda and village based advisors for input provision and advisory services in Kenya.
Stemming from this 11-year programme is the recently published book, Technology Development Assistance for Agriculture: Putting Research into Use in Low Income Countries (Routledge), which reviews part of RIU as case study of the broader issue of technology development in Africa. Controversially, it critiques current international technology development assistance and focuses on the potential role of the private sector in agricultural technology development, as well as providing insights for future cognate science policy and practice.
He also discusses the Research Into Use Programme in a recent article for The World Financial Review. Read 'Putting Research into Use (RIU): Technology Development for the Poor Farmer in Low Income Countries: www.worldfinancialreview.com/?p=3215