But who is setting the research agenda: farmers or scientists? developed countries or developing countries? rich or poor? public or corporate?
Earlier in 2009 two new books emphasised the importance of putting farmers at the centre of agricultural innovation and development: Farmer First Revisited: Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development and Innovaton Africa: Enriching Farmers’ Livelihoods.
According to a panel at the launch of these two books, farmer centred innovation needs to do four things:
- Move from an exclusive focus on farmers, farms and technologies to broader innovation systems.
- Revamp agricultural education systems for a new era.
- Overhaul incentive and reward systems to put farmers first and promote ‘participatory innovation systems’.
- Put ‘a politics of demand’ at the centre of a new set of accountability mechanisms for research and development.
- Press release Royal Society 21/10 £2 billion needed for science ’Grand Challenge’ to help feed the world
- Practical Action 21/10 Reaping the benefits: farmer first or science first?
- Reaping the benefits: Science and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture (Adobe PDF File, 1911kb)