Locating research in agricultural innovation trajectories: Evidence and implications from empirical cases from South Asia

Agricultural innovation is a process that takes a multitude of different forms, and, within this
process, agricultural research and expertise are mobilised at different points in time for different
purposes. This paper uses two key analytical principles to establish how research is actually put
into use. The first, which concerns the configurations of organisations and their relationships
associated with innovation, reveals the additional set of resources and expertise that research
needs to be married to, and sheds light on the types of arrangements that allow this marriage to
take place. The second, which concerns understanding innovation as a path-dependent, contextually shaped trajectory unfolding over time, reveals the changing role of research during the
course of events associated with the development and diffusion of products, services and institutional innovations. This paper examines the efforts of the Research Into Use programme funded
by the UK Department for International Development that sought to explore the agricultural
research-into-use question empirically.

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