The origins and implications of using innovation systems perspectives in the design and implementation of agricultural research projects: Some personal observations

Andy Hall


In recent years the there has been an increasing recognition of the potential of the innovation systems concept to provide new ways of making more effective use of agricultural research and improve its impact on socially desirable outcomes. This paper documents the experiences of a group of researchers in India who experimented with this framework and tried to operationalise its principles in project design. The paper comments on some of the implications of using this approach and the challenges it presents for implementers of agricultural research projects in developing countries.

Key words: Innovation systems; agricultural research; development practice; poverty reduction; lessons and principles, research project design

UNU-MERIT Working Papers ISSN 1871-9872

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