This paper tests the ‘systems of innovation’ hypothesis for a selection of crops in Ghana and Burkina Faso that have shown significant growth in production over an approximately 20-year period. The question is whether such growth can only occur if supported by a system of innovation. Using two indicators (a common understanding on objectives and priorities, and a high level of interactivity) we find little evidence for the existence of anything that might be considered a high functioning system of innovation.
Jatoe, J.B.D.; Lankoandé, D.G.; Sumberg, J. FAC Working Paper 58. Does Rapid Agricultural Growth Require a System of Innovation? Evidence from Ghana and Burkina Faso. (2013) 14 pp.