Generating agricultural innovations has traditionally been attributed to research organizations. The farmer’s own potential for the development of innovative solutions has largely been neglected. Our experience with Farmer Innovation Contests in Ghana shows that farmers can be a promising source for locally adapted innovations which may be suitable for rapid and cost-effective dissemination.
This policy brief is based on the book chapter (open access): Wünscher T and Tambo JA (2016) Identification and Acceleration of Farmer Innovativeness in Upper East Ghana. In F. Gatzweiler and J. von Braun (eds.) Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development, Springer, pp. 163-180.