By identifying the success factors of a programme on positive seed potato selection, this article analyses the role of research in agricultural innovation. The positive seed selection programme developed an approach to improve the quality of seed potatoes by ware potato growers, complementary
to specialized seed production systems now widely promoted in sub-Saharan Africa. With more weight being placed on innovation rather than on research outcome, the role of research has been widened and research has assumed responsibility for developing and piloting effective training through
partnership with extension. Researchers effectively contributed to innovation because they were given and took the liberty of pursuing a ‘bright idea’. The case discussed in this article points out that innovation can emerge from old technology within existing institutional environments,
and can be surprisingly simple as long as researchers have room to manoeuvre and opportunity to engage in partnerships with practitioners.
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seed potato production
Document Type: Research Article
Royal Tropical Institute
Wageningen University and Research Center
International Potato Center
African Agriculture Technology Foundation
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
Wageningen University and Research Centre
Publication date: 2012-04-01
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