Persistent food shortage is a common occurrence in many sub-Saharan African countries. Several initiatives have been implemented to address this problem where some of them have recognized the role of innovations in spurring agricultural development. Hence, the use of innovations in agriculture and development in addressing the challenges of feeding an increasingly populous and resource-constrained Africa is receiving prominence. Creating an innovation system is therefore critical in establishing favourable networks of organizations within an economic system that are directly involved in the creation, diffusion and use of scientific and technological knowledge, as well as the organizations responsible for the coordination and support of these processes.
The actors involved focus on bringing new products, new processes, new policies, and new forms of organization into economic use.
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in partnership with the German Government represented by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn under its ‘One World No Hunger’ initiative, is implementing the “Programme of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovations (PARI)” (2014-2019). PARI has taken cognizance of the successes of research and innovation initiatives in African agriculture and through FARA developed a sub grant agreements with the identified National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARI) in 12 African countries.
Application of innovations offers important opportunities to African farmers and consumers; and therefore publication of the book is an important means of communicating current dairy research findings to a wider audience. The book which also has information on XIII utilization and marketing as well as existing innovations, and opportunities for further innovations will be shared widely with academicians, researchers, policy makers, development partners and practitioners, and other value chain actors, as a reference material on innovations and other aspects of the dairy value chain.
Book available at: Innovation Opportunities in Dairy Livestock in Kenya – A guide book