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

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

Schut, Marc, Rodenburg, Jonne ORCID: 0000-0001-9059-9253, Klerkx, Laurens, van Ast, Aad and Bastiaans, Lammert (2013) Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review. Crop Protection, 56. pp. 98-108. ISSN 0261-2194 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2013.11.017)

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to explore 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 is conducted to study the relation between crop protection and systems approaches to innovation in 107 publications. The analysis of the crop protection literature demonstrates that only a small fraction is systems-oriented as compared to the bulk of publications with a technology-oriented approach. The analysis of agricultural innovations systems literature shows that, although crop protection is addressed, the potential of this systems approach remains largely unexplored for crop protection innovation. A large share of the publications included in this review focus on cropping or farming ‘systems’ while ‘innovation’ often equals the development, transfer, adoption and diffusion of crop protection technologies at farm level. There is relatively little attention for the institutional and political dimensions of crop protection and the interactions between farm, regional and national levels in crop protection systems. The traditional division of roles and responsibilities of researchers as innovators, extension personnel as disseminators, and farmers as end-users, is challenged only to a limited extent. The majority of publications discusses ways to optimise existing features of crop protection systems, without exploring more structural transformations that may be required to enhance the resilience of crop protection systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Development, transfer, adoption and dissemination or diffusion of technology, Farming systems research (FSR)Agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS), Agricultural innovation systems (AIS)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 15:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19049

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