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The Enabling Environment for Agricultural Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Potential Role of Donors

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Tripp, Robert
Date: 2003
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no. 84
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4107
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Africa
Subject(s): agricultural development
technology transfer
foreign aid
international development
Abstract: "To improve agricultural technology development in Africa requires strengthening of the enabling environment, including policies, public institutions and regulations. Various types of market failure imply that markets, by themselves, will not elicit the optimum amount of technology for Africas farmers. Priorities include more responsive regulations for input supply, support for emerging enterprises, strengthening input marketing, establishing adequate intellectual property protection, and addressing the challenges of biotechnology. Donors can play an important role, but short-term project interventions must give way to longer-term strategies for support to institutions including formal policies and regulations and informal rules and procedures that encourage indigenous organisational innovation."

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