5.9 Innovation in Agricultural Research for Development and Implications for Undertaking Research in Value Chains Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) is an emerging paradigm. It seeks to address issues arising from a traditional linear, top-down approach to agricultural research that tends to result in research results being ‘sectoral and fragmented with little or no involvement of the relevant stakeholders. In many countries this has resulted in adoption of Innovation Platforms (IP). This focuses on encouraging engagement of multiple actors along a common value chain and promoting innovation in the agricultural sector by identifying barriers to meeting challenges Innovation is considered to evolve through – Continuous intervention among players – Utilisation of feedback analysis – Incorporation of lessons learned Innovation platforms are networks of market actors that considers the technical, social and institutional constraints in a value chain that facilitates learning, with ultimate aim of generating innovation rather than more research products or technologies. It is an attempt to make research demand driven rather than supply driven and to help develop solutions that benefit all the players in a value chain.
65 Although IP have predominated in developing countries, the UK government has recently embraced this approach in finding solutions to increasing sustainable agriculture production, via its recently created Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform Bring government, researchers and business together to stimulate development of new technologies that will increase food productivity, while decreasing the environmental impact of the food and farming industries. www.innovateuk.org