ZEF theme: Innovation, knowledge and science policy

Innovation, knowledge and science policy

Innovations can have different facets, ranging from technical and institutional innovations to societal innovations such as new governance structures or incentive schemes. Research on processes leading to the generation, local contextualization, implementation and adoption of innovations is key to developing policy recommendations.

This is closely linked to the other five research areas but in particular provides application-oriented tools and approaches for the ‚real-life‘ situations of practitioners, policy-makers or potential end-users.

It comprises research on the perception of new societal and ecological challenges across different stakeholder groups, on information and communication technology utilization, and on effective awareness-raising and capacity-building to foster the implementation of promising innovations in societies.


Nourished: Learn lessons from success to beat malnutrition in Africa
March 23, 2018.

 "Despite progress made over the past 20 years, hunger in Africa persists" said Dr. Ousmane Badiane at an event at ZEF today during which the German version of '"Nourished": How Africa can build a future free from hunger and malnutrition' was launched. The report was published in English by the Malabo Montpellier Panel last year.

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PARI Project at the 30th ICAE 2018

Africa’s rural youth – An underutilized resource for the transformation of African agriculture