Innovation

Over the last few years, a strong trend to set up incubators, accelerators and innovation platforms has become apparent. Start-ups on digital technologies and social businesses are rapidly growing with the promise to…

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Innovation

Given the ambitious targets we need to meet to transform food systems under climate change, innovation efforts need to be significantly stepped up – both in terms of innovation practice and investment volumes. New…

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Innovation

When the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research was founded in 1971, its most urgent task was to raise agricultural production to feed the world’s rapidly growing population. While this task has not…

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Innovation

Affordable and effective solutions are being applied in a wide range of areas in which Africa has been lagging behind in terms of key development indicators. Development leaps are above all crucial in the fields of…

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Innovation

The project “Scaling digital agriculture innovations through start-ups” (SAIS) supports Africans going into business in the agricultural and food sector in scaling their digital innovations and thus reaching out to a…

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Innovation

For an agricultural innovation to become widely adopted by smallholders, there must be a good match between the properties of the innovation and the goals, objectives, and constraints faced by the population of farmers.…

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Innovation

ICT-driven digital tools to support smallholder farmers are arguably inevitable for agricultural development, and they are gradually evolving with promising outlook. Yet, the development and delivery of these tools to…

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Innovation

Many farmers already benefit from digital extension services in several areas. Personalising such structures gives them an additional edge and can result in advantages such as better input allocation and higher…

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Innovation

Financial services that can be accessed and managed through a mobile phone hold promise for expanding financial inclusion among smallholder farmers. Recent research from Kenya shows that the overall uptake of services…

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Innovation

In recent decades, foreign labour migration has been a key source of income for as many as half of all rural Nepalese families. Returnee migrants often bring dynamism, new ideas, and – if they are lucky – some capital to…

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