TITLE: Integrated Rural Development: Looking through the perspectives of agricultural innovation systems

SPEAKER: M Zulfikar Rahman, Professor, Dept of Agric Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University


Generating and applying new knowledge is important for farming towards a sustainable rural development. But, quite often, new knowledge that can enhance productivity and sustainability in farming is not widely adopted at scale. This lack of innovation in agriculture has led to the search for new frameworks such as ‘innovation systems’ that help in understanding how the process of agricultural innovation takes place and how its relevance and quality can be enhanced for the sustained rural development in general. The Agriculture Innovation System (AIS) is a network of organizations, enterprises, and individuals focused on bringing new products, new processes, and new forms of organization into economic use, together with the institutions and policies that affect their behavior and performance, that is, the way different agents interact, share, access, exchange and use knowledge.  The AIS approach emphasizes the need to consider and create interactions throughout the entire value chain including beyond the farm gate in rural settings.  The AIS therefore includes people, linkages, infrastructure and institutions emphasizing their significant network. The AIS concept has been developed to better understand how a country’s agricultural sector can make better use of new knowledge and design alternative interventions that go beyond research investments. Under the AIS framework, innovation is not merely concerned with technical innovation. It also includes organizational innovation and institutional innovation. Donors and national governments currently recognize the importance of networking and enhancing the capacity of all actors in the AIS instead of just research or extension. This arises from the realization that neither research knowledge nor extension activities alone drive innovation. There is greater emphasis on investing in strengthening the capacity to innovate or the process through which different types of knowledge are combined to address specific issues. The innovation system approach is, thus, useful for researchers and policymakers by encouraging them to consider new innovation actors and relationships in technology development and dissemination towards integrated rural development.


28th September (Sat), 2019, from 11:00 to 12:30


S-363 Rural Planning Seminar Room, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University


Satoshi Hoshino, shoshino & kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp, 075-753-6157 (&  -> @)



The seminar room (S-363) is on the third floor of Nogakubu Building ( No. 8 building in the map).

農村計画学会東京地区セミナー 2019.05.14開催のお知らせ(第一報)



Contemporary Arts in Rural Development


近年,現代アート関連のプロジェクトが農村振興に果たす効果が注目されています。たとえば,アーティスト・イン・レジデンス(Artist in Residence(AiR))は,芸術家を地域に一定期間招待し,制作や展示を行ってもらうプログラムであり,その一部は農村振興につながっています。パブリックアートやAiRの先進国でもあるイギリスでは,大学と地域団体とが協力して,アーティストを招待し,農村地域の振興につなげる活動を模索しています。イギリス北部では,大学,芸術家,非営利セクター,行政といった異なる主体によるコラボレーションの経験が積み重ねられています。そこで,本セミナーでは,東京大学とニューカッスル大学による共同プログラムの一環として,農村計画学会(地区セミナー)との共催により,イギリスでの取り組みを紹介頂き,今後の現代アートの発展と農村振興が両立しうる条件について議論したいと考えています。

Main focus:

A number of projects have been designed to revitalize rural areas—in particular, art-related projects and events have been designed and implemented to alleviate and understand these issues. For instance, Artist in Residence (AiR) projects have been one of the most original programs, in which artists are invited to rural areas for making and exhibiting their socially engaged artworks. In the UK, a leading county of public art interventions and AiR projects, a debate has started on how universities and the voluntary sector can collaborate for the purpose of art-led rural development. In the north part of the UK, there has been an experience on the collaboration of diverse stakeholders such as universities, artists, voluntary sectors and local authorities. As a part of the networking program between the University of Tokyo and Newcastle University, with joint-hosting of Tokyo-area seminar of the Rural Planning Association, we host academics and art professionals from the UK to have an informed discussion on the conditions of promoting contemporary art practices as a form of rural development.



May, 14 Tuesday,2019. 11:00〜16:00.


東京大学弥生キャンパス セイホクギャラリー(東京都文京区弥生1-1-1)
The University of Tokyo, Yayoi Campus, Seihoku Gallery (1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo, Tokyo)


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セミナー参加無料: 当日参加可能ですが,準備の都合上,事前申込に協力ください。セミナー言語:英語。

Free admission for the seminar, registration is recommended. Seminar language: English.
Reception (registration and contribution fee required) will be held from 18:00 (at Hotel Forest Hongo).



ayouken[at]mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp  (東大 八木)
atoishi[at]mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (東大 戸石)  ※[at]⇒@