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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, 2nd Edition by Barry Pound, Sieglinde Snapp

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Chapter 11

The Innovation Systems Approach to Agricultural Research and Development

Barry Pound and Czech Conroy

Abstract

The linear, top-down, single-source Transfer of Technology model of research and development that focuses only on the production aspects of agriculture is not adequate for dealing with complex rural systems and commodity value chains. As an alternative, this chapter advocates the use of an agricultural innovation systems (AISs) approach to meeting rural challenges and opportunities.

Following a definition of innovations, innovation systems (IS), and innovation platforms (IPs), different drivers of innovation are explored. IPs are introduced as mechanisms for operationalizing the IS approach at local levels. The main characteristics ...

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