Innovation Africa: Beyond Rhetoric to Praxis
The concept of innovation has become central in many research and development programmes in Africa. It has been endorsed by an array of international and national bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments in many African countries. Since the IAS, there have been further international conferences on innovation and innovation systems. In December 2007, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, brought together some 80 agricultural practitioners, researchers, farmer leaders and donor representatives to reflect on the theme of Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development (Scoones et al, 2008). In April 2008, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) convened an international symposium on Advancing Agriculture through Knowledge and Innovation. The World Bank Institute also organized an international conference on Developing Agricultural and Agribusiness Innovation in
Africa in May 2008. We anticipate that many more such events will be held in the near future.