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Linkages among key actors in the climate change and food security innovation system in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia

This study used an innovation system approach to determine the intensity and trends of linkages among key actors in the climate change and food security innovation system in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The authors find that only 1.8 per cent of the farmers from Nigeria, 2.5 per cent from Sierra Leone and 0.7 per cent from Liberia had had training on climate change adaptation and food security issues. Collaboration among different local actors was higher in Nigeria than in Sierra Leone and Liberia. However, there were hardly any linkages between farmers across the three countries. It also identifies poor generation of innovations over the past ten years, as well as poor domestic support for climate change adaptation and food security in the west African sub-region. The study points to the need to intensify the collaboration efforts, between local and foreign partners, as this will generate better and improved innovations on food security and climate change adaptation.