Renewing innovation systems in agriculture and food

How to go towards more sustainability?

Editors: Coudel, E., Devautour, H., Soulard, C.T., Faure, G., Hubert, B. (Eds.)

  • Takes the debate beyond the purely technical options and considers social and institutional innovations as well
  • Demonstrates that innovation is the result of a confrontation between visions of actors who often have divergent interests
  • Shows there is no single path towards sustainable development and we must find ways to encourage the emergence and co-existence of different types of agriculture and food systems
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Present-day society asks more from agriculture than just the production of food. Agriculture is now required to be concerned with the quality of food, ecosystem services, inclusion of marginalized populations, revitalization of rural territories, energy production, etc. This opening up of the future of agriculture encourages rural actors to experiment with new farming systems, using imagination, creativity and determination to replace dominant models. At the same time, low-cost mass-production systems continue on their way, with promises of a future based on green technologies. In this discussion it is important to consider what kind of sustainable development societies really want. Which innovations will help in achieving these developments? What role can research and public policies play in supporting the emergence of these innovations? This book takes the debate beyond the purely technical options and considers social and institutional innovations as well. It demonstrates that innovation is the result of a confrontation between visions of actors who often have divergent interests. There is no single path towards sustainable development and we must find ways to encourage the emergence and co-existence of different types of agriculture and food systems. The success of transitions will not only depend on our capacity to rethink existing models, but especially on our willingness to embark on a creative learning process from which we will inevitably emerge transformed.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Reconsidering innovation to address sustainable development

    Faure, Guy (et al.)

    Pages 17-33

  • Standards governing agricultural innovation. Where do we come from? Where should we be going?

    Busch, Lawrence

    Pages 37-55

  • From concept to emerging practice: what does an innovation system perspective bring to agricultural and rural development?

    Triomphe, Bernard (et al.)

    Pages 57-76

  • Innovation systems of the future: what sort of entrepreneurs do we need?

    Hall, Andy (et al.)

    Pages 77-86

  • Innovating in cropping and farming systems

    Meynard, Jean-Marc

    Pages 89-108

Buy this book

eBook $79.95
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Renewing innovation systems in agriculture and food
Book Subtitle
How to go towards more sustainability?
Editors
  • Emilie Coudel
  • H. Devautour
  • C.T. Soulard
  • G. Faure
  • B. Hubert
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Wageningen Academic Publishers
Copyright Holder
Wageningen Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-90-8686-768-4
DOI
10.3920/978-90-8686-768-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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