13 October 2009

Innovation brokers and agriculture in developing countries

A UNU-MERIT working paper "concludes that innovation brokerage roles are likely to become relevant in emerging economies and that public or donor investment in innovation brokerage may be needed to overcome inherent tensions regarding the neutrality and funding of such players in the innovation system. The Dutch experience suggests that innovation brokers need to be contextually embedded, and are unlikely to become effective through a centrally-imposed design."

The authors note that "innovation brokers tend to play intangible roles that are not easily captured through conventional indicators."

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