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Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

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15 januari 2015

We are very pleased to announce the publication of a new book for young professionals and undergraduate (BSc) and masters (MSc) students on the theory and practice of ‘innovation systems’ that aims to support rural development practitioners as enablers and facilitators of stakeholder-led innovation.

Feeding the world in a sustainable and fair way is the challenge that a new generation of agricultural professionals must face. This will demand not just technological solutions but a while package of social, economic, market and political innovations. Central to this challenge is enabling people and organisations with different perspectives and different interests to work creatively together. All this demands new ways of thinking and new sets of competencies. This book provides a sound foundation for higher education and research institutes to support emerging professionals to creatively and effectively engage in rural innovation processes.

Lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning

The book is a co-publication of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

The book is about the dynamics of rural innovation – how to work with the changing nature of both the context and the people involved in rural innovation processes and how to facilitate networks of stakeholders to stimulate innovation. Inspirational stories illustrate how different people – from farmers to extension officers, business leaders, traders, NGO staff and policy makers – have collaborated to make new and successful things happen.

Part One - From principles to practice - covers important background and concepts that flesh out the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of innovation dynamics. Part Two - Getting the process right - looks at the ‘how’ of facilitating innovation and who plays this role. And, Part Three - Dealing with the context - looks at the role of the broader context exploring when and under which conditions innovation can be enabled.