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Title: Leveraging the triple helix model to upgrade the medical and aromatic plants value chain
Authors: Sultan, Suhail 
Keywords: Triple helix model of innovation;Agricultural innovations - Palestine;Value Chain
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: British Food Journal
Journal: British Food Journal 
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore innovation activity between the three institutional spheres of government, academia and industry in the Palestinian MAPs sector with the aim of supporting the growth of the sector through innovation. Design/ methodology/ approach The research study employed a qualitative exploratory design with twelve semi-structured interviews have been conducted with participants from the three spheres of the THM related to the agricultural sector. Content analysis was conducted on the data obtained from the interviews, followed by comparative analysis. Findings The elements of THM in the MAPs sector are there but there is a need for certain are missing to make it successful. An effective policy is an important pre-requisite for a THM to survive and thrive. There is a need to clarify the rules of engagement in terms of collaboration between the three institutional spheres. To promote innovation in the sector, there is a need to empower the farmers and cooperatives; improve farming system efficiency; upgrade middlemen to logistic service providers; and build hybrid processing models. Practical implications The role of government is to apply a policy to facilitate relations and exchanges between the three spheres. The industry possesses the motivation to invest in high-growth potential sectors. Academia can take the opportunity to establish its presence and tune its portfolio of tasks so that industry is aware of these tasks and sees value in them. Originality/ value The paper discusses the relationships between university-industry-government in the framework of an emerging and instable economy.
Description: Article published in : British Food Journal
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