The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Institutional change and innovation capacity: contrasting experiences of promoting small scale irrigation technology in South Asia

Hall, Andy; Clark, Norman and Naik, Guru (2007). Institutional change and innovation capacity: contrasting experiences of promoting small scale irrigation technology in South Asia. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, 6(2) pp. 77–101.

URL: http://open.library.ingentaconnect.com/content/int...
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

The most effective approach to agricultural technology promotion and innovation is still a source of considerable debate, and nowhere more so than in the context of agricultural engineering hardware. Contemporary perspectives on agricultural innovation stress the importance of institutional change and give emphasis to the need to develop innovation capacity in systems terms, rather address limitations of technology transfer mechanisms. This paper illustrates using the case of manual irrigation technology '“ treadle pumps '“ in Bangladesh and India. It identifies five elements of this capacity: (1) a sector coordination mechanism; (2) a developmental rather than technical organising principle for sector development; (3) habits and practices (institutions) of key organisations; (4) interaction as a learning and knowledge transmission mechanism; (5) market demand as key incentive for innovation and (6) policies and institutional innovations to ensure adequate stakeholder participation. The paper concludes by suggesting that identifying new sources of institutional innovation is the most pressing task for initiatives that seek to make more effective use of knowledge and technology in development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Intellect
ISSN: 2040-0551
Keywords: Agricultural machinery; technology; innovation systems; innovation capacity; agricultural research; poverty reduction; small-scale irrigation; supply chains
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 32756
Depositing User: Users 3642 not found.
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2012 14:20
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 14:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32756
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk