A strong food and agriculture system is fundamental to economic growth, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, and human health. The Agriculture and Food Series is intended to prompt public discussion and inform policies that will deliver higher incomes, reduce hunger, improve sustainability, and generate better health and nutrition from the food we grow and eat. It expands on the former Agriculture and Rural Development series by considering issues from farm to fork, in both rural and urban settings. Titles in this series undergo internal and external review under the management of the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food Global Practice.
This sourcebook draws on the emerging
principles of Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) analysis
and action to help to identify, design, and implement the
investments, approaches, and complementary interventions
that appear most likely to strengthen innovation systems and
promote agricultural innovation and equitable growth.
Although the sourcebook discusses why investments in AISs
are becoming so important, it gives most of its attention to
how specific approaches and practices can foster innovation
in a range of contexts. The sourcebook is targeted to the
key operational staff in international and regional
development agencies and national governments who design and
implement lending projects and to the practitioners who
design thematic programs and technical assistance packages.
The sourcebook is also an important resource for the
research community and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
and may be a useful reference for the private sector, farmer
organizations, and individuals with an interest in
agricultural innovation. It concludes with details on the
sourcebook's structure, a summary of the themes covered
in each module, and a discussion of the cross-cutting themes
treated throughout the sourcebook.