Economics at your fingertips  

Enhancing innovation in livestock value chains through networks: Lessons from fodder innovation case studies in developing countries

Seife Ayele, Alan Duncan, Asamoah Larbi and Truong Tan Khanh

Science and Public Policy, 2012, vol. 39, issue 3, 333-346

Abstract: Fodder scarcity is a perennial problem for many smallholder farmers in developing countries. This paper discusses how fodder technologies and knowledge have been introduced and integrated in diverse livestock production systems in Ethiopia, Syria and Vietnam. A synthesis of lessons learnt shows that fodder innovation is triggered and diffused by actors interacting and learning in networks, and on farms. Fodder innovation, being only one element of livestock value chains, is sustainably enhanced when linked to other innovations and market-oriented activities that optimize productivity gains. Yet innovating smallholder farmers face systemic constraints to access markets, and need to organize in groups to exploit opportunities. The paper concludes that rather than treating innovation systems and value chain approaches to agricultural development as separate tools, the integration of their complementary features enhances smallholders' innovation and market success. Copyright The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press., Oxford University Press.

Date: 2012
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Science and Public Policy from Oxford University Press
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Oxford University Press ( this e-mail address is bad, please contact ) and Christopher F. Baum ().

Page updated 2021-03-11
Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:39:y:2012:i:3:p:333-346