Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review

As part of the sociology subproject 4 we have published a review entitled: "Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review" in Crop Protection.

The paper explores the extent to which systems approaches to innovation are reflected in the crop protection literature and how such approaches are used. A systematic literature review was conducted to study the relation between crop protection and systems approaches to innovation in 107 publications. We found that a large share of the publications included in this review focus on

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cropping or farming ‘systems’ while ‘innovation’ often equals the development, transfer, adoption and diffusion of crop protection technologies. We conclude that the potential of more holistic systems approaches (e.g. the Agricultural Innovation Systems approach) to analysing and addressing complex crop protection problems remains largely unexplored.

 

The paper was developed as part of the PARASITE project, a research partnership between Wageningen University, Africa Rice Centre and the NARS of Tanzania, Benin and Ivory Coast. The research has been funded through the Integrated Programmes Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Science for Global Development (NWO-WOTRO). Additional support is provided by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Please cite the paper as: Schut, M., Rodenburg, J., Klerkx, L., van Ast, A., Bastiaans, L., 2014. Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review. Crop Protection 56, 98-108.

The paper can also be accessed online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219413002950 or contact Marc Schut (marc.schut@wur.nl) if you would like to recieve a PDF of the paper.