Innovation and technology can play a major role if African countries are to realise their potential in agriculture. Farmers in SSA have generally shown willingness to adopt innovative technologies particularly those that enable them to overcome their existing constraints. However, there are new technologies with the potential to drive transformation in the sector that have not reached farmers due to a lack of enabling policy, legal and regulatory environments that promote innovation.
It is vital to create these enabling environments by giving policymakers the information they need to make informed decisions about the regulation of agricultural technology, and to help them to formulate regulations and support structures that promote innovation. Countries that are able to create conducive climates for innovation and business growth will be able to attract investment and drive the development of their agriculture sectors and their wider economies.