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    Integration of small-scale farmers into innovation management within contract farming companies in developing countries

    Ravelosaona, Tojonirinarisoa Nomenjanahary (2023) Integration of small-scale farmers into innovation management within contract farming companies in developing countries. Working Paper. CIMR, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    In pursuing competitiveness and growth, contract farming companies recognise the imperative of innovation. However, innovating with small-scale farmers, who represent the majority of contractors in developing countries, necessitates a nuanced understanding of their limited resources, capabilities, and complex psychosocial characteristics. This paper focuses on the strategies employed by contracting companies, with a particular emphasis on the African context, to effectively manage innovation while integrating small-scale farmers into their operational practices. Case studies conducted with representatives from selected companies serve as the primary method for gathering evidence, which is subsequently analysed using thematic analysis. The findings indicate that contracting companies regard farmers as a fundamental source of innovation signals. In selecting innovative ideas, commonly employed criteria considering farmers are problem-solving potential, affordability, compatibility, novelty, and origin. Participatory approaches, data-driven decision-making, and tailored strategies of innovation adoption and diffusion mark the implementation stage. Continuous feedback collection from farmers fosters a dynamic, adaptive, and iterative innovation cycle. Significantly, the results offer a fresh perspective on the connection between contracting companies and smallholders in the sphere of innovation, providing valuable practical insights into the contract farming field.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: CIMR Research Working Paper Series no.68, ISSN: 2052-062X
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Innovation Management, Innovation Adoption, Contract Farming, Small-Scale Farmers, Developing Countries.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Helen Lawton Smith
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 16:58
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2023 20:33
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/52615

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