Principles and metrics for innovation in sustainable agri-food systems
A huge increase in investment in innovation for agricultural systems is critical to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. Most of this increase needs to come from reorienting existing funding for innovation. However, understanding whether an investment will fully promote sustainable agri-food systems can be difficult.
Working with a Task Force of voluntary experts, the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University, and other partners, CoSAI has developed a clear set of Principles for innovations and innovation processes that promote sustainable agri-food systems, together with guidance and metrics to support these Principles. Following pilot testing in early 2022, the Principles can now be used to plan, guide and monitor progress against sustainable agri-food systems objectives.
Eight Innovation Process Principles
For more details, see the full list of Principles for Agri-food Research and Innovation and Step-by-Step Guide (including Glossary and Frequently Asked Questions). Metrics and scoring templates to accompany the Principles can also be downloaded from the Attachments area on this page.