African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6848

Full Length Research Paper

Social network analysis of innovation platforms in the local rice value chains in Benin: Shield or showcase for endogenous innovation?

Léonard Cossi Hinnou
  • Léonard Cossi Hinnou
  • Centre of Agricultural Research of the Center (CRA-Centre) - National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB) P. O. Box 112 Savè, Bénin.
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Romeo Sossou
  • Romeo Sossou
  • Agricultural Policy Analysis Program - National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB), P. O. Box 01-884 Cotonou1, Benin.
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Guirguissou Maboudou Alidou
  • Guirguissou Maboudou Alidou
  • Centre of Agricultural Research of the North-West (CRA-Nord-Ouest) - National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin (INRAB) P. O. Box 545 Natitingou, Bénin.
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Roch Lambert Mongbo
  • Roch Lambert Mongbo
  • Laboratoire d'Analyse des Dynamiques Sociales et du Développement (LADYD) Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA) University of Abomey-Calavi, Bénin.
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  •  Received: 16 March 2022
  •  Accepted: 30 June 2022
  •  Published: 31 August 2022


Innovation platforms (IPs) bring agricultural value chain stakeholders together to successfully overcome constraints in agricultural systems. In Bénin, they are introduced to foster collaboration, partnership, and mutual focus to generate innovation on the commodity such as the local rice production and processing systems. Based on Social Networks Analysis, this research examines this IPs in influencing the innovative capacity of local rice value chain stakeholders in the Glazoué Rice Hub. The findings show a network with low density which hinders the dissemination of information on rice innovations in the IPs. Further, the innovation capacity of rice stakeholders is not necessarily associated with their central position either by degree, closeness or betweenness centrality. Ultimately, the rice stakeholder knowledge and resources determine his innovative capacity.

Key words: Innovation Platform, rice, endogenous innovation, social network, Benin