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Unplugged!: An analysis of agricultural biotechnology PPPs in Kenya

  • Lois Muraguri

    (ESRC Innogen Centre, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

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    The last two decades have seen an increase in the formation of public private partnerships (PPPs) in agricultural biotechnology generally. This article presents a normative understanding of the genesis of PPPs and how they should behave. It examines agricultural biotechnology PPPs in Kenya and argues that they do not reflect the theory particularly with regard to the drivers of the partnerships. These PPPs owe their formation and execution to factors outside the partnerships. These exogenous factors are inappropriate and are in part responsible for the PPPs' limited effect in meeting food security related objectives. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 289-307

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