The Department for International Development (DFID) is widening the scope of its natural resources research by focusing explicitly on innovation systems (IS) to reduce poverty. Many of the elements of the approach were implicit in the 11-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS), which ran from 1995 to 2006, and much can be learned from that experience.
This Brief explains what is meant by IS, shares the RNRRS's practical experience of IS and identifies the challenges that lie ahead.
This Brief is an edited summary of a paper written by Amitav Rath and Andrew Barnett (2005): Innovation systems: Concepts, approaches and lessons from RNRRS.
DFID, London, UK, 6 pp.