Agricultural Innovation in Latin America - Understanding the Private Sector's Role

For many years, governments and donors have promoted the generation of knowledge and technological innovations that improve farming and plant genetic resources in developing countries. Public agencies and aid organizations have initiated and subsidized agricultural research and innovation to supplement the knowledge and technology produced by private entities.
Yet many of these publicly generated improvements have not been useful to farmers, processors,and agribusiness. Others have not been transferred to those who would have contentedly absorbed them. At the same time, the production and marketing technologies for the fastest-growing products, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, have been introduced mostly by the private sector. In this context, it is crucial to revisit the role the private sector can play in generating knowledge and technology for agricultural development.

What functions do farm input providers, farmers, processors, traders, and exporters have in agricultural innovation processes, and how can they become more directly involved in the financing, generation, diffusion, and adoption of new knowledge and technologies?

From Public report (INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE), published on 01-01-2006
Original document: Agricultural innovation in Latin America - International Food Policy Research Institute.pdf - PDF document - 212 Kb


  • Pomareda , Carlos & Hartwich, Frank


  • Public policy


  • Agriculture, fishing, mining and quarrying

Covered areas

  • South America


  • Development
  • Innovation Policy

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