Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Market-ready science-based innovations for sustainable food systems

Adeniyi, D.; Rampa, F.; Menza, G. (2024) Creating an enabling environment for developing and deploying market-ready science-based innovations for sustainable food systems. Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Rome (Italy). 29 p. ISBN: 978-92-9255-325-8

The paper outlines seven conditions to propel market-ready R&I to transform food systems. These include: 
  1. embedding innovation in local contexts and bundling innovations; 
  2. providing support for incubators and creative agrifood-tech start-ups; 
  3. deploying more comprehensive, robust, and institutionalised technological transfer mechanisms; 
  4. offering more and ‘patient’ capital for the ‘last-mile’, including for coordinating across relevant actors and institutions; 
  5. facilitating improved multi-actor dialogues and collaborations; 
  6. ensuring greater state roles in innovation and enabling national regulations and policies; and 
  7. fostering enhanced international cooperation on food systems R&I.

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