Technology Development Assistance for Agriculture

Putting research into use in low income countries

By Norman Clark, Andy Frost, Ian Maudlin, Andrew Ward

© 2013 – Routledge

200 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Stemming from an 11-year DFID funded programme under its Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS), Technology Development Assistance for Agriculture: Putting Research into Low Income Countries reviews part of this programme as a case study of a broader issue of technology development for Africa. Controversially, it critiques current international technology development assistance and focuses on the potential role of the private sector in agricultural technology development as well as providing insights for future cognate science policy and practice.

The book focuses on the RIU "Best Bets" Africa sub-programme. This identified promising proposals to take existing agriculture research products and put these into use in ways that would benefit the poor in developing countries. The sum set aside for this was £5 million. The empirical sections of the book cover project selection, progress and programme management over a 2009-2012 period with special attention paid to lessons learned that may have implications for future cognate technology development assistance.

This topical book gives direct evidence of meeting objectives and delivering real changes in technology development for Africa to postgraduate students, researchers, international bodies, NGOs, policy makers and government organisations working on natural resource management, technology development assistance, and low income country agriculture.

Table of Contents

1. Technology Development for Agriculture; Broad Context 2. Science Policy and the Knowledge Market 3. Research into Use Programme 4. Biotechnology Projects 5. NGO-led Projects 6. Other Projects 7. Putting Research into Use; RIU Best Bet Programme

About the Authors

Norman Clark is Professor of Innovation Systems and Development, Open University, and Senior Adviser to the DFID Research into Use Programme, UK.

Andy Frost is Deputy Director for the DFID Research into Use Programme, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Ian Maudlin is an Honorary Professor, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and Director of the DFID Research into Use Programme, UK.

Andrew Ward is a consultant based in Zambia and the UK.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy