Analysing the agricultural science and technology innovation systems: A case study of the banana sub-sector in Uganda

Bananas are an important staple food crop and livelihood base for about 16 million people in Uganda. Its survival over the years can be traced to key factors and actors, who through learning, adjusting and innovations have sustained bananas in Uganda against several biophysical threats over the years. Preliminary results show key innovation in the banana subsector as; germplasm collection, preservation and generation of new varieties, integration of livestock into the banana farming system for soil improvement, integration of cultural and conventional practices for pest and disease management, optimization and scaling-up of traditional value-addition, and promoting irrigation technologies in banana systems to stagger production and control prices.
Les bananes sont une culture et aliment de base important et la base des moyens de subsistance pour environ 16 millions de personnes en Ouganda. Sa survie au cours des années peut être attribuée à des facteurs clés et les acteurs qui, à travers l’apprentissage, l’adaptation et les innovations ont subi des bananes en Ouganda contre plusieurs menaces biophysique au fil des ans. Les résultats préliminaires montrent de l’innovation clé dans le secteur des bananes, comme, la collecte du matériel génétique, la conservation et la production de nouvelles variétés, l’intégration de l’élevage dans la culture de la banane-système pour l’amélioration des sols, l’intégration des pratiques culturelles et traditionnelles pour l’optimisation de la gestion des ravageurs et maladies, et l’extension des d’ajout de valeur traditionnelle, et la promotion des technologies d’irrigation dans les systèmes de bananes d’étaler la production et le contrôle des prix.
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