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E3 Journal of Agricultural Research and Development

E3 Journal of Agricultural Research and Development Vol. 6 (1) pp. 012-029, February 2016; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2276-9897

Characterization of dairy innovation systems in two peri-urban areas in western Oromia, Ethiopia: structural dimensions, systemic problems and systemic instruments for improvement

Diriba Geleti 1 * , Mekonnen Hailemariam 1 , Ashenafi Mengistu 1 , Adugna Tolera 1
1 Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Debre Zeit Research Center, Ethiopia
2 Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Ethiopia
3 School of Animal and Range Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
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Accepted 12 January 2016


Generation, transfer and putting into use of agricultural technologies require insights on the structural and functional dimensions of the innovation system. Using an integrated value chain and innovation systems perspective, the present study characterized the actors of the dairy innovation systems in two peri-urban sites in western Ethiopia. Diverse actors (entrepreneurs, intermediaries, knowledge generators, demand side actors and policy makers) were observed to operate in the system. Using a systemic policy framework, systemic problems hindering innovation and learning were pinpointed. The existing linkages among the various actors were observed to be weak and unfavorable for collective learning and innovation to take place. Five categories of systemic problems, including infrastructural (physical, knowledge and financial); institutional (hard and soft); weak network; capability and ‘missing actor’ problems were identified. Policy tools that could potentially contribute to the alleviation of these problems were finally suggested.

Keywords: actors, interactions, institutions, infrastructures, capability, systemic policy framework, systemic instruments

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