Learning Networks Matter: Challenges to Developing Learning-Based Competence in Mango Production and Post-Harvest in Andhra Pradesh, India

Laxmi Prasad Pant, Helen Hambly Odame, Andy Hall & R. Sulaiman


This discussion paper explores aspects of innovation systems ideas in the analysis of mango production and export by smallscale farmers in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The paper shows how despite favourable agro-ecological conditions and being the largest international mango producer, India still struggles to build momentum in rapidly emerging export markets. An analysis of the sector’s recent history combined with an empirical account of inter-sectoral and intra-sectoral linkage patterns among stakeholder groups appears to provide the basis for remedial policy suggestions. Most of these relate to aspects of integrated technology development and innovation management.

Key words: systems, innovation, mango, high-value, national competence, learning networks, South Asia, India

JEL codes: O31, N55, Q13

UNU-MERIT Working Papers ISSN 1871-9872

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