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[ Article ] Innovating a system for producing and distributing hybrid oil palm seedlings to smallholder farmers in Benin

Date de soumission: 21-02-2017
Année de Publication: 2017
Entité/Laboratoire Laboratoire de Sociologie et Vulgarisation Rurales (LSVR)
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Sociologie & Sciences Sociales
Titre Innovating a system for producing and distributing hybrid oil palm seedlings to smallholder farmers in Benin
Auteurs VISSOH VINASSÉHO PIERRE [1], TOSSOU COCOU RIGOBERT [2], AKPO Essegbemon [3], KOSSOU KODJO DANSOU [4], JIGGINS Janice [5],
Journal: Cahiers Agricultures
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 0
Volume Journal: 26
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Resume This article analyses the development of a system for producing and distributing hybrid oil palm seedlings to small-scale famers. The existing seed system had become so corrupted that the seedlings actually planted were largely of unimproved kinds. The article describes institutional experiments carried out by two Innovation Platforms (IPs) in order to improve the oil palm seed system. Theory Guided Process Inquiry was used to document, evaluate and analyse these interventions. The experiments catalysed changes in interpersonal and inter-organisational power relationships that enabled further co-learning and co-construction of understanding and action among key stakeholders in the oil palm domain. The IPs and those who became local champions of seed system innovation, also triggered change in institutional behaviours, technologies, and practices that further improved the integrity of the seed system. Official nursery holders must now be trained, registered and licensed by local government. Farmers are encouraged to source hybrid seedlings only from licensed nurseries. These achievements were then shared and discussed with officials and higher level government leaders, drawing on IP members’ pre-existing professional and personal networks. Improvement of the oil palm seed system was included in the government’s latest 5-year development plan.
Mots clés institutional development / stakeholders / innovation / seedling system / oil palm / Benin renforcement institutionnel / innovation / exploitation agricole / système semencier / palmier à huile / Bénin
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