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Assessment of Constraints in Technology Transfer System and Policies which Limit the Realisation of High Green Leaf Production in the Smallholder Tea Sector of the Kenya Tea Industry: An Empirical Analysis of Economic Efficiency and Supply of Tea Part II

Tea productivity in the smallholder sub sector has been relatively lower than in the estates sub sector over the years and the yields are still well below potential. This study investigated the efficiency of adoption of tea production technologies a…

Africa Capacity Report 2017: Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's Transformation

African countries have shown their interest and willingness to strive for science, technology, and innovation (STI)-led development in the coming years.This Report shows that capacity in its various dimensions, though improving, remains a problem …

Socio-Economic Consequences of Technological Change on the Rural Non-Farm Igbo Women Entrepreneurs of South-Eastern Nigeria: Implications for Farm and Non-Farm Linkages

"Technological change has affected many aspects of rural women’s non-farm enterprises with many positive and negative socio-economic consequences on the women enterpreneurs and their households. This study investigated the extent of this change, an…

Gender Variable in Agricultural Technology: A Case Of Rural Farmers in Machakos District - Eastern Kenya

Gender differentiated technology is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, most technologies are developed and tailored according to the stereotyped roles of men and women in society. In Africa, technological development has been modelled on western pre-sele…

Building Capacity in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Africa's Transformation: The Role of Higher Learning and Research Institutions

Agenda 2063 and the Common African Position on Agenda 2030 identify STI as a key enabler to achieving development blueprints. In response, Africa adopted a 10-year Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy (STISA–2024). Africa Capacity Report 201…

Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's Transformation: The Role of Governments

The call to industrialize and modernize Africa has become popular in recent years, and the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the Common African Position on Agenda 2030 identify science, technology, and innovation (STI) as key enablers to achieve development blue…

Locus of Control and Technology Adoption in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia

Despite substantial government investment to promote modern agricultural technologies - to improve yields and food security - the adoption rates of these technologies remain low in many African countries. This study analyzes two datasets (Ethiopi…

The African Technopolitan September 2014

In this issue the highlights of ACTS research are shared. The first article "Africa Rising? Not without science, technology and innovation discusses the potential for African growth despite civil wars and epidemics. This can however only be achieved…

Building Capacity in Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's Transformation: The role of Private Sector

The call to industrialize and modernize Africa has become popular in recent years, and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Common African Position on Agenda 2030 identify science, technology and innovation (STI)1 as key enablers. Many African co…

The State of ICT in Lesotho (2016)

While Lesotho has made significant progress towards its national vision of 2020, it faces several challenges as a small landlocked, lower-middle income country, with mountainous terrain and low population density outside of the capital, Maseru. The …

Trade, Inequality and Morocco

International trade has become a pervasive feature of our lives, yet it remains controversial and resisted across the world. High and rising income inequality, which is often blamed on international trade, especially trade with China, is one reason…

Les Imperatifs de Capacités en Science, Technologie et innovation dans les pays Africains: Cas du Togo / The Requirements of Capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation in African Countries: Case of Togo

Togo has a National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy based on the priorities defined by the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Employment Promotion (SCAPE 2013-2017) in the field of research and development, one of the factors of mod…

Locus of Control and Technology Adoption in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia

We investigate the implication of farmers’ locus of control on their technology adoption decisions. Our empirical analysis is based on two longitudinal surveys and hypothetical choice exercises conducted on Ethiopian farmers. We find that locus of…

Africa's Cryptocurrency Boom: The Bitcoin Craze

Cryptocurrency as a digital asset is designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to anonymously secure its transactions, control the creation of additional units and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptography the process of …

Bridging the Digital Divide and Supporting Increased Digital Trade: Scoping Study

The global economy is experiencing important technological shifts, with the rise of digital technology a key driver. This can be seen today in the rapid growth of the digital economy, broadly defined as the use of digital technologies to facilitate …

An Effective Technology Transfer System: Research and Extension Messages reach the Majority of Farmers

Why do farmers need access to newer technologies on a recurrent basis? Most subsistence farmers already know how to farm and undertake post-harvest processing from their parents. The main reason to turn to technology is that traditional techniques …

Artificial Intelligence and Political Science

The future of representative democracy is uncertain. The gradual consolidation of its institutions, procedures, cultural and ideological references, was directly congruent with the evolution of the industrial age economic and social compound. But th…

Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How Machines are Affecting People and Places

The power and prospect of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) initially alarmed technology experts, for fear that machine advancements would destroy jobs. Then came a correction of sorts, with a wave of reassurances minimizing their negative…

Next Steps for the Digital Revolution in Africa: Inclusive Growth and Job Creation Lessons from Kenya

This paper provides examples of such dynamism and links digitization to employment creation, with the hope that, over time, as more sectors and fin techs innovate on the digital platform, the trend will be clearer with more data points to allow deep…

Technology Shaping and Technology Policy From Workshop Highlights

The role of society in shaping technological development is key to sound technology policies. This was the message emerging from a workshop “Understanding technology shaping, policy and research in development” that was held in Nairobi. It was a cu…

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