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.
TIME & DATE:
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).