Innovation dynamics in cassava production systems in Uganda

Deborah Wendiro, Watu Watu Wamae, Anne Kingiri, Margaret Dhabangi, P.A. Wacoo

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Traditional knowledge has made appreciable contributions to people’s sustenance and livelihoods. Its contribution to science and technology is however not recorded, codified, stored or systematized to spur knowledge sharing and science and technology development. It continues to be ordinary, couched and associated with low prestige rural life. An innovation systems framework was used to study the dynamics and mechanism for product, process and organizational innovations in the cassava production systems. The research study revealed that though some traditional knowledge driven innovations may be risky to health and environment; many made a positive contribution to people’s sustenance and livelihoods through production of innovative goods and services, improved livelihoods, sustenance, food safety and wholesomeness. The main argument in this study was that innovation strategies rooted in the traditional knowledge systems were socially inclusive and augurs sustainable development. The study underscored the value of creating systemic linkages useful in integrating traditional and modern knowledge systems to develop crop production systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2EA519747628
Pages (from-to)50 to 59
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2014


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