Scientists' involvement in partnership for generation and dissemination of horticultural technologies and innovation in Africa
Inadequacy of research facilities and human capital in horticultural research for development in Africa can be addressed through partnership, networking and social capital development. This study was embarked upon to determine the extent of involvement of researchers in Africa in south-south partnerships for generation and dissemination of horticultural technologies and innovation for development. Three out of the 14 proceedings of symposia and conferences organized by the International Society for Horticultural Science held in Africa which addressed general horticulture between 2010 and 2015 (Acta Horticulturae 911, 1007 and 1021) were purposively sampled. 227 published articles in the proceedings were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Many (42.7%) of the scientists had partnership with 2-3 people. Most (87.2%) of the lead scientists were from Africa. They partnered with other researchers from Africa only (67.0%), Africa and Europe (6.2%) and Europe only (4.9%). Intra-institutional partnership within the same country accounted for 58.2% while same country inter-institutional partnership accounted for 24.7%. Commodities of research focus were fruits (27.8%) and vegetables (17.6%) while subject matter of research was socio-economics (34.8%) and others (43.7%). There were significant relationships between researchers' involvement in partnership formation and their affiliation (χ2=64.9, p=0.00), commodity of research focus (χ2=24.4, p=0.02), subject matter of research (χ2=24.8, p=0.00), continent of first author (χ2=23.2, p=0.03), and continent of other authors (χ2=284.0, p=0.00). Researchers in Africa need to network and partner more with researchers from advanced economies to boost horticultural research for development and improvement of livelihood in the continent.
Olajide-Taiwo, L. and Kanu, K.O. (2018). Scientists' involvement in partnership for generation and dissemination of horticultural technologies and innovation in Africa. Acta Hortic. 1225, 335-340
social capital, collaborative research, innovation, horticulture