Innovation systems: Towards effective strategies in support of smallholder farmers
Francis, J.; Mytelka, L.; van Huis, A.; Röling, N.
2016 CTA; CoS; Wageningen University and Research, 256 pages
The result of an expert consultation, this publication examines ‘innovations systems’ – a concept suggested as underpinning industrial development – as a strategy for agricultural development. Innovation systems approaches conceptualise change as a long-term, socially-embedded process, and recognise the important role policy plays in shaping the parameters within which decisions are made. Providing a collection of papers and commentaries from the world’s top scholars and practitioners, this book looks at the strengths – but also the weaknesses and challenges – of the innovations systems approach and how it may be applied to benefit smallholder farmers.
Introduction – Why Focus on Innovation Systems: Implications for Research and Policy Judith Ann Francis and Arnold van Huis
- Chapter 1. Innovation Systems and Agriculture: Going Beyond Research for Increasing Yields – Merle Jacob
- Chapter 2. Innovation Systems Approaches to Agriculture and Rural Development – John Ouma-Mugabe
- Chapter 3. Innovation Systems Approaches in a Time of Transition – Lynn Mytelka
- Chapter 4. What is Systemic about Innovation Systems? The Implications for Policies, Governance and Institutionalization – Ray Ison
- Chapter 5. The Use of Innovation Systems in a Technology Development Programme: The Case of Research Into Use (RIU) – Norman Clark
- Chapter 6. Building Innovation Capacity of Local Actors: The Case of the Chilean and Argentine Wine Industries – Fulvia Farinelli
- Chapter 7. Innovation Systems and Capability Building among Smallholder Farmers: Lessons and Insights from Kenya’s Flower Farmers – Maurice Bolo
- Chapter 8. Political Power in Innovation Systems: Smallholder Sustainable Intensification and Rural Mechanization – Stephen Biggs and Scott Justice
- Chapter 9. The Uses of Research: Action Researching in and Across Nine Agro-Enterprise Domains. The Experience of the Convergence of Sciences-Strengthening Innovation Systems Programme in Benin, Ghana and Mali – Janice Jiggins, G. Essegbey, L. Klerkx, A. van Paassen, R. Pyburn and R. Tossou
- Chapter 10. Research and Experimentation in Support of Artisanal Palm Oil Production in Ghana – Charity Osei-Amponsah
- Chapter 11. Innovation Platform and Pricing Policies: The Case of Cocoa in Ghana – Richard Adu-Acheampong, E. Tei-Quartey, W. Jonfia-Essien, M. Owusu-Manu, M.S.N.K. Addo, K. Ofori-Frimpong, P. Osei-Fosu, M. Amuzu, C. Afari-Mintah, N. N. Eku-X, E.T.N. Quarshie and F. Otu Acquah
- Chapter 12. The Theory of Change Underlying the Efficiency of Agricultural Innovation Platforms (IPs): The Case of the Thyolo Vegetable IP in Malawi – Adewale Adekunle, A.O. Fatunbi and N. Kefasi
- Chapter 13. Innovation Platforms for Smallholders in Maize and Cassava Value Chains: DONATA’s Experiences in West and Central Africa – Sidi Sanyang, S.J.B. Taonda, J. Kuiseu and A. Kafando
- Chapter 14. Making Sense of Innovation Processes in African Smallholder Agriculture – Bernard Triomphe, A. Floquet, G. Kamau, B. Letty, C. Almekinders and A. Waters-Bayer
- Chapter 15. The Journey to R4D: An Institutional History of an Australian Initiative on Food Security in Africa – Andy Hall, P. Carberry, A. Djikeng, H. Roy-Macauley, B. Pengelly, A. Njoya, L. Ndungu, I. Kollo, C. Bruce, L. McMillan, R. Ison and B. Keating
- Chapter 16. Innovation Systems, Douglas, Douglass and Beyond: Using Cultural Theory to understand Approaches to Smallholder Development in Sub-Saharan Africa – Niels Röling
- Chapter 17. Innovation Systems, Agricultural Development and Economic Empowerment: Lessons from CTA’s Agricultural Science Technology and Innovation System Capacity – Judith Francis
18/01/2017. CTA. Is the innovation systems approach the answer to inclusive development?
Divided into 18 chapters, the book is a rich collection of theoretical underpinnings, expert opinions, case studies, reflections and lessons learned on applying the IS concept in real life situations. It builds on a 2013 CTA-WUR/CoS-SIS expert consultation that brought together international experts, many of whom are contributing authors.
Judith A. Francis, CTA Senior programme coordinator for science and technology policy
“The IS concept is relevant to ARD and, though still evolving, is a useful framework for designing, implementing and evaluating the complexities of the agricultural IS”.
Professor Arnold Van Huis, Wageningen University Research