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Designing coupled innovations for the sustainability transition of agrifood systems

Jean-Marc Meynard, Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy, Marianne Le Bail, Amélie Lefèvre, Marie-Benoit Magrini and Camille Michon

Agricultural Systems, 2017, vol. 157, issue C, 330-339

Abstract: Numerous signs underline an urgent need for innovation in the current agriculture and food industries. However, even though the components of the agrifood systems are all strongly interconnected, the design processes to improve their sustainabilities are still mostly managed separately. This frequently leads to innovating in one domain in order to adapt to the constraints or specifications of the other, such as tweaking the farming systems to address processing issues, or the other way round. The objectives of this paper are first to show the limits of such an organization, and second to provide a heuristic framework to organize the design of coupled innovations, by reconnecting the dynamics of innovation in agriculture and food, with a view to improving the whole agrifood system.

Keywords: Lock-in; Innovative design; Food system; Agroecology; Open innovation; Value chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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