Decentralised innovation systems and poverty reduction: Experimental evidence from Central Africa

Haki Pamuk, Erwin Bulte*, Adewale Adekunle, Aliou Diagne

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We use experimental data to investigate whether a decentralised approach to promoting innovation in central African agriculture outperforms conventional extension approaches. Our main result is that this decentralised approach, based on so-called innovation platforms, is effective in reducing poverty - more effective than conventional extension approaches. However, we also document considerable heterogeneity in terms of platform performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-127
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Adoption of agricultural innovations
  • Bottom-up versus top-down
  • Impact assessment
  • Innovation systems
  • Participatory development
  • Poverty

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