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Reconciling multiple interests in policy making: the case of biotechnology and agricultural innovation in Africa

Wamae, Watu and Mugwagwa, Julius (2010). Reconciling multiple interests in policy making: the case of biotechnology and agricultural innovation in Africa. In: Second Science with Africa Conference, 23-25 Jun 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to improve our understanding of the underlying policy-making processes, conflicts and contradictions in agricultural biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It examines the nature of relationships that emerge in policy making processes and how these indicate some potential for institutional change. The emergence of biotechnology ‘champions’ is highlighted as a peculiarity of SSA and analysed within decision making processes to understand why biotechnology regulations appear to invariably take a particular shape. The analysis demonstrates how the relationships that form in practice within decision making processes influence the attainment of social imperatives. Effective public participation in biotechnology decision making processes is important. However, this does not in any way imply that the representation of public concerns will automatically influence the outcome of decision making processes, and importantly stamp out socio-economic challenges. It is but only one way of attempting to align biotechnology to context specific agricultural constraints. The paper recognises the significance of broader approaches and processes if effective harnessing of innovations is to emerge, and the need to continuously interrogate policy processes to ensure they justify the resources invested in them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Not SetNot SetLeverhulme Trust
Not SetNot SetThe Open University
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
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Item ID: 30216
Depositing User: Julius Mugwagwa
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 09:35
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 06:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30216
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