Title: Through a systems looking glass: strategies for enhancing the diffusion of innovations in artisanal yam flour processing in Nigeria
Authors: Tomilola F. Oguntunde; Olawale O. Adejuwon; Ibikunle O. Ogundari
Addresses: African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria ' African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria ' African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Abstract: The study attempts to show the merits of using an innovation systems approach to inform public action on addressing the lack of technology diffusion in artisanal yam flour processing in Nigeria. The study utilised systems analysis to execute an assessment of linkages among actors in the sector. Data collected from questionnaire administration showed that there were technologies available for all five stages of yam flour processing. However, only the milling stage was fully mechanised. Systems analysis revealed a weak innovation system characterised by network failure between innovating units and processors on one hand and among innovating units on the other. This led to inappropriate processing technologies and lack of competence in developing efficient technologies. The study recommended with modifications to existing practices the use of innovation brokers and platforms to strengthen linkages among actors towards building innovative capability among innovating units and facilitating the alignment of processing technologies to the needs of processors.
Keywords: artisanal yam flour processing; innovation diffusion; systems view; policy strategies; agricultural innovation systems; AIS; Nigeria.
African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2019 Vol.7 No.2, pp.120 - 137
Received: 22 May 2018
Accepted: 20 Apr 2019
Published online: 11 Nov 2019 *