Triggering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies

We lead or participate to a set of research projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America tackling the following broad question:

How can we develop platforms, networks and communities of practice that effectively reach and develop entrepreneurship and innovation across farmers, companies (both startups and large companies), knowledge institutes and other development agents?

This set of projects include:

1. Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN)/US Agency for International Development (USAID). Project Title: Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). Our role: Project coordinator on private sector engagement and principal investigator. Country focus: Malawi and Ethiopia. Total Grant: US Dollars 25 Million. Period: 2012-2018Follow project updates here:

2. Dutch Research Institute (NWO)/Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Project Title: Understanding and Scaling Organisational Structure of Business Models for SMAllholder REsilience (OSMARE). Our role: Project lead. Country focus: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Total Grant: EUR 550,000. Period 2018-2020. Follow project updates here:


3. Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Project Title: Value Chain Innovation for Food Security (VIP4FS). Our role: Principal investigator. Country focus: Uganda and Zambia. Total Grant: AUSD 4 Million. Period: 2016-2019. Follow project updates here:


4. Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Project Title: Resilient, Robust and Reliable (3R) Value Chains in Kenya. Our role: Co-principal investigator. Country focus: Kenya. Total Grant: EUR 3 Million. Period: 2016-2019. Follow project updates here:


5. US Agency for International Development (USAID). Project Title: University Partnerships Linking Out-of-School Youth to Agri-Entrepreneurship and Development for Mindanao (UPLOAD JOBS)Our role: PhD Co-supervision. Country focus: The Philippines. Total Grant: EUR 2 Million. Period: 2013-2015. Project evaluation and follow-ups here:


6. Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Project Title: Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI). Our role: PhD Co-supervision. Country focus: Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands. Total Grant: AUSD 10 Million. Period: 2010-2014. Project evaluation and follow up-s here:


If you are interested to learn more or get involved with any of these projects, please follow our updates on the following channels:
If you are interest to follow or tailor a course or training activity for yourself or your organisation related to these projects, please look at the following education activities:

Publications related to these projects:

Dentoni, D., Pascucci, S., Poldner, K. and Gartner, W.B. (2017). "Learning 'who we are' by doing: Processes of co-constructing prosocial identities in community-based enterprises." Journal of Business Venturing, Forthcoming. Special Issue on Enterprise Before and Beyond Benefit: A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for Prosocial Organizing.

Lai, C., Chan, C., Dentoni, D., Neyra, E. (2017). “Measuring youth entrepreneurs’ potential: the case of an out-of-school youth training program in Mindanao, Philippines.”, p. 72-83. Ed. Chan, Agri-Entrepreneurship in Conflict and Transition Regions, CABI, London, UK.

Lai, C., Dentoni, D., Chan-Halbrendt, C., Neyra, E. “Adapting the measurement of youth entrepreneurship potential to the context of Mindanao, Philippines.” Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 10 (3), 273-297.

Dentoni, D. and Krussmann, F., 2015. Value Network Analysis of Malawian Legume Systems: Implications for Institutional Entrepreneurship. Proceedings of the workshop on Food Supply and Distribution System Dynamics, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations, Rome, June 6th-8th, 2015.

Dentoni, D., & Dries, L. (2015). Private sector investments to create market-supporting institutions: The case of Malawian Agricultural Commodity Exchange. In 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California (No. 205709). Agricultural and Applied Economics Association & Western Agricultural Economics Association.

Bitzer, V., Bogie, J., Dentoni, D. and Reynaga, A. (2015). Interview to Dr. Marco Ferroni, Syngenta Foundation. Community section, Annual Review of Social Partnerships 10, 1-119.

Volpato, G., Rossi, D., Dentoni, D. (2013). "A Reward for Patience and Suffering: Ethnomycology and Commodification of Desert Truffles among Sahrawi Refugees and Nomads of Western Sahara." Economic Botany 69 (2), 147-160.

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