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Biomass-Based Innovations in Demand Driven Research and Development Projects in Africa

Directorate of Research and Innovation, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), 12 Anmeda Street, Roman Ridge, PMB CT 173 Accra, Ghana
Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 68, Legon, GA-492-3175 Accra, Ghana
Department of Land Reclamation and Rehabilitation, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, AK-448-4835 Kumasi, Ghana
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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2639;
Received: 28 May 2018 / Revised: 4 July 2018 / Accepted: 11 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
The case for demand-driven research and development has received important considerations among governments, donors and programme implementing partners in development planning and implementation. Addressing demand is believed to be a bottom-top approach for designing and responding to development priorities and is good for achieving development outcomes. In this paper, we discuss the concept and application of demand-driven research and development (DDRD) in Africa. We use evidence of six projects implemented under the BiomassWeb Project in Africa. We focus on parameters on level of engagement of stakeholders—whose demand is being articulated, the processes for demand articulation, capacity building and implementation processes, innovativeness of the project, reporting and sustainability of the project. We find that the nature of the institutions involved in articulation and implementation of demand-driven research and development projects and their partnerships influence the impact and reporting of demand-driven projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: demand-driven research; Biomass; innovation; Ghana demand-driven research; Biomass; innovation; Ghana
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Raymond, J.; Afranaa, K.N.; Festus, N.B.; Oluwole, F. Biomass-Based Innovations in Demand Driven Research and Development Projects in Africa. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2639.

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