Dealing with innovation in response to market opportunities and poor farmers´ needs: The case of the Bolivian Andean Platform promoting technical and commercial innovation in the native potato market chain in the Andean highlands in Bolivia


Agricultural development in developing countries is taking place in the context of rapid urbanization and increasing market integration. Such context poses multiple challenges as well as opportunities to economic agents (including poor farmers) but also to agricultural R&D organizations and other development agencies if agricultural innovation is to be responsive to poor farmers´ needs. Using the innovation system perspective as a conceptual framework, this paper presents and analyzes the experience of the multi stakeholder platform ANDIBOL in fostering pro poor technical innovation in response to market opportunities

Claudio Velasco, Raúl Esprella, Paola Flores, Heditt Foronda