A diagnostic tool for integrated analysis of complex problems and innovation capacity
This paper published in the Agricultural Systems journal introduces Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems (RAAIS), a diagnostic tool that can guide the analysis of complex agricultural problems and innovation capacity of the agricultural system in which the complex agricultural problem is embedded. The tool focuses on the integrated analysis of different dimensions of problems, interactions across different levels and the constraints and interests of different stakeholder groups. Innovation capacity in the agricultural system is studied by analysing (1) constraints within the institutional, sectorial and technological subsystems of the agricultural system, and (2) the existence and performance of the agricultural innovation support system. The application of RAAIS is described for conducted analysis in Tanzania and Benin, demonstrates the use of the diagnostic tool and providing recommendations for its further use.