Finger millet is a staple food for South Asia and East Africa where it has been grown widely for thousands of years. The importance of finger millet as one of the solutions to food security cannot be underestimated considering the many uses of the crop in a farmer’s household. It is a source of food … Read more
KAMPALA, UGANDA – In light of the persistence of the Ebola outbreak and the demands it has placed on global infection containment resources and processes, the United States government disaster response community recognised an opportunity to use open innovation to make significant strides in advancing the ability to combat Ebola. The results include a local … Read more
Over the last six decades, international development assistance agencies have tried to introduce innovations in developing countries to stimulate development and improve the quality of life of the poor. The results have been mixed. This paper presents the results of an evaluation of a project introducing modern beekeeping practices to increase household incomes among small … Read more
Innovation is as important for small business as for large ones, but most of the books and other writings available focus on the big firms. In his new book The Innovation Formula, Langdon Morris provides insights for the small business leader or entrepreneur about how to be fantastically successful at innovation even with very limited … Read more
Journal of Knowledge Management, Volume 19, Issue 2, Page 141-163, April 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of different cultural typologies (i.e. innovative, competitive, bureaucratic and community) on employees’ knowledge-sharing processes within multinational corporations (MNCs) by taking a subsidiary perspective. It particularly applies the competing values framework to … Read more
Moses Njiriri with virus free sweetpotato vines to sell to other farmers (Photo credit: Albert Mwangi/Bio-Innovate) view full post » Tags: cassava, tropical agriculture, sweet potato, planting materials, africa
Horticulture is one of the sub sectors in Agriculture that has shown great promise as a foreign exchange earner in the region particularly for Ethiopia and Kenya. Kenya is the top exporter of fresh produce and flowers in sub-Saharan Africa with horticulture contributing 36 percent to the agricultural GDP and continues to grow at between … Read more
When bio-pesticide experts met in Nairobi recently, their objective was to review regional policy and legislation on biological pesticides, which are emerging as an important option in pest and disease control. view full post » No tags for this post.
Dr. Robert Ntakamelenga during his interview at the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) in Dar es Salaam. view full post » Tags: tanzania, National Environment Management Council
Kenyan farmers are bearing the brunt of strict European Union (EU) regulations on pesticides which threaten to cripple the horticulture sector. Fruits and vegetables are highly prone to pest and disease attacks due to their succulent nature thus informing the widespread use of pesticides. However, there are growing global concerns of their impact on consumer health, … Read more
By Lija Farnham, Gihani Fernando, Mike Perigo, & Colleen Brosman, with Paul Tough view full post » Tags: Professional development
The Garfield Center for Corporate Innovation reported that on December 4-5, 2014, Napa Valley became a get-away for Open Innovation academics and industry leaders–an international gathering place for the 1st Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC). Open Innovation experts conglomerated in one place to share their thoughts, ideas, and findings on Open Innovation. Attendees heard … Read more
The GE Sustainability website reported that in 2014 GE’s Open Innovation program Ecomagination launched two open innovation challenges to bring the power of the innovation community together to tackle pressing water and energy challenges. With the addition of these two 2014 challenges, Ecomagination has launched six open innovation challenges spanning the U.S., China, Australia and … Read more
On a mission for MIGA – the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group – I recently visited Burundi, South Sudan and Afghanistan to understand the investment conditions and needs of these conflict-affected countries. view full post » No tags for this post.
“Digitization” is a relatively niche topic in within information and communication technology (ICT), but the demand for “digitization” in the development field has grown significantly over the last few years, especially in Africa.When we say “digitization”, you may think that it is just scanning or capturing paper records into a digital format. That’s partially correct, … Read more
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