Systems research - resources

This solution addresses the need for resources related to research on complex systems in all regions for FRN practitioners and others

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Problem Description

From the Website of SARE, the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program (where the resource is linked): "Farmers today face a complicated host of environmental, social and economic pressures: protecting water and air resources, mitigating greenhouse gases, conserving biodiversity and limiting soil erosion, all while trying to make a living. These challenges are linked, yet most agricultural research of the last 80 years has approached them from a reductionist standpoint. To build truly sustainable farming systems, agricultural research must embrace a multidimensional approach known as agricultural systems research."

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The book can be downloaded for free at the link provided.
From the SARE Website (where the resource is linked): "Systems Research for Agriculture outlines both the theory and practice of agricultural systems research, helping agricultural professionals to study, understand and develop economically, socially and environmentally sustainable production systems. This handbook begins with a brief introduction to the theoretical basis for agricultural systems research. It then delivers guidance on how to form effective interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams, which include farmers and ranchers, and how to plan, implement and analyze systems experiments."

"This handbook is essential reading for research coordinators and all other team members as they navigate the complexities of multifaceted systems projects.

Format: Books
Year: 2016
Length: 96 Pages
Author(s): Laurie E. Drinkwater, Diana Friedman, Louise Buck"

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  • Systems Research for Agriculture

    Systems Research for Agriculture outlines both the theory and practice of agricultural systems research, helping agricultural professionals to study, understand and develop economically, socially and environmentally sustainable production systems. This handbook begins with a brief introduction to the theoretical basis for agricultural systems research. It then delivers guidance on how to form effective interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams, which include farmers and ranchers, and how to plan, implement and analyze systems experiments. This handbook is essential reading for research coordinators and all other team members as they navigate the complexities of multifaceted systems projects. Format: Books Year: 2016 Length: 96 Pages Author(s): Laurie E. Drinkwater, Diana Friedman, Louise Buck

Solution Stage

One of the 7 stages of an innovation. Learn more
STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Exploring opportunities and challenges1
Research and analysis for exploratory work
  • Horizon scanning
  • Evidence scanning
  • Ethnography and insight generation
  • Systems mapping
  • Foresight
  • Complaints and consumer research
  • Low risk of failure, but clear decisions should be taken about how to act on insights.
LOW
  • Grants
LOW
Insights derived from formal research and informal knowledge gathering
A well understood and clearly defined problem or opportunity

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