This paper is a synthesis of research undertaken as part of the Research
Into Use programme (RIU) to explore the question of how agricultural
research can be used more effectively to improve agricultural production
and farmers' livelihoods in developing countries. Many of the challenges
the programme encountered were a result of contested visions of the way
agricultural research should be used for innovation. The paper suggests
a number of novel entry points for projects promoting research into use.
However, it also argues that the effectiveness of RIU was undermined by
its failure to productively manage contested visions of research and
innovation within the programme and between the programme and its donors
and other international champions of the dominant view on agricultural
research and development.
Key words: Research Into Use, Innovation, Innovation Systems, Innovation Management, Institutional Change, Agricultural Research, Development, Policy, South Asia, Africa
JEL Codes: L26, L31, L33, N5, N55, N57, O13, O19, O21, O22, O31, O32, O33, O53, Q13, Q16