Blowing the seeds of innovation: How scaling unfolds in innovation processes towards food security and sustainable agriculture
This policy brief (PDF) by WUR presents a summary of the results of a two year strategic research project ‘Innovation systems and scaling in practice’. This project was executed by Wageningen UR as part of the Knowledge Base research programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The booklet highlights three case studies from different countries. In Benin long term interventions to promote integrated soil fertility management were studied to see whether and how scaling occurred. In Kenya the substantial spreading of dairy business hubs was examined to learn what are success factors for scaling this innovation. The case in Denmark looked in detail at how a co-innovation process contributes in unexpected ways to the scaling of integrated pest management. The combination of cases broadens the scope on the role and shapes of scaling processes in innovation towards sustainable agriculture and food security and sustainable agriculture.