Scaling Up Disruptive Agricultural Technologies in Africa (International Development in Focus) (Paperback)

Scaling Up Disruptive Agricultural Technologies in Africa (International Development in Focus) By Jeehye Kim, Parmesh Shah, Joanne Catherine Gaskell, Ashesh Prasann, Akanksha Luthra Cover Image

Scaling Up Disruptive Agricultural Technologies in Africa (International Development in Focus) (Paperback)

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This study—which includes a pilot intervention in Kenya—aims to further
the state of knowledge about the emerging trend of disruptive
agricultural technologies (DATs) in Africa, with a focus on supply-side
dynamics. The first part of the study is a stocktaking analysis to assess the
number, scope, trend, and characteristics of scalable disruptive technology
innovators in agriculture in Africa. From a database of 434 existing DAT
operations, the analysis identified 194 as scalable.
The second part of the study is a comparative case study of Africa’s two
most successful DAT ecosystems in Kenya and Nigeria, which together
account for half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s active DATs. The objective of these
two case studies is to understand the successes, challenges, and
opportunities faced by each country in fostering a conducive innovation
ecosystem for scaling up DATs. The case study analysis focuses on six
dimensions of the innovation ecosystem in Kenya and Nigeria: finance,
regulatory environment, culture, density, human capital, and infrastructure.
The third part of the study is based on the interactions and learnings from
a pilot event to boost the innovation ecosystem in Kenya. The Disruptive
Agricultural Technology Innovation Knowledge and Challenge Conference in
Nairobi, Kenya, brought together more than 300 key stakeholders from large
technology companies, agribusiness companies, and public agencies;
government representatives and experts from research and academic
institutions; and representatives from financial institutions, foundations,
donors, and venture capitalists.
Scaling Up Disruptive Agricultural Technologies in Africa concludes by
establishing that DATs are demonstrating early indications of a positive
impact in addressing food system constraints. It offers potential entry points
and policy recommendations to facilitate the broader adoption of DATs and
improve the overall food system.
Product Details ISBN: 9781464815225
ISBN-10: 1464815224
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Publication Date: July 17th, 2020
Pages: 114
Language: English
Series: International Development in Focus