Research, technology and innovation are key ingredients in transformation. It is, however, the way that transformation re-frames innovation and the implications of this for public agricultural research organisations, particularly the CGIAR, that are the focus of this study.
This study suggests that the CGIAR could consider the development of four new narratives that frame critical areas of its activities and role:
- A new scaling and impact narrative that adopts an agri-food system innovation perspective;
- A new partnership and value network narrative that emphasises commitment to advancing the sustainable development agenda;
- A new social licence narrative that proactively addresses issues of social acceptability and the need to create a platform to host these discussions; and
- A new science narrative that accommodates trans-disciplinarity and the role of social and systems sciences in the innovation process.