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Innovations In Plant Health Services In Nicaragua: From Grassroots Experiment To A Systems Approach

Published: May, 2011

Journal article

Cony Narváez, Eric Boa, Francisco Pavón, Gregorio Varela, Ivania Zeledón, Julio Centeno, Julio López, Lilliam Lezama, Patricia Castillo, Solveig Danielsen

Establishing a few community‚Äźbased plant clinics in Nicaragua led to a series of innovations in plant health service delivery. A grassroots experiment became a nationwide initiative involving local service providers, universities, research institutions and diagnostic laboratories. This led to the creation of a ‚ÄėNational Plant Health System‚Äô offering regular advice to farmers. The innovations were driven by a momentum for change, committed individuals, joint learning and flexibility in programme management. External facilitation encouraged experimentation and bolstered growth of new alliances. The development of the national plant health system was constrained by existing work cultures that limit the scope of individual and institutional innovations.

Innovations In Plant Health Services In Nicaragua: From Grassroots Experiment To A Systems Approach

DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.1786

Type Journal article

Published in Journal of International Development, 25(7), 968-986

Language English

Year 2011