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Innovations for sustainable development: the need for transdisciplinary knowledge integration

Innovations for sustainable development: the need for transdisciplinary knowledge integration In this article we argue that a transdisciplinary mode of knowledge integration, is key to the generation of sustainable agricultural innovations for small–scale, resource–poor farmers in developing countries. The concept and challenges of transdisciplinary research are described. We present a case study on the introduction of True Potato Seed in Bangladesh by a local non–governmental organization. The institutionalization process of a transdisciplinary approach to technology development within this organization is outlined. The case study is analyzed in relation to the identified main challenges for implementing transdisciplinary research. We conclude that application of a transdisciplinary approach throughout the innovation process requires changes in university curricula as well as organizational changes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Innovations for sustainable development: the need for transdisciplinary knowledge integration

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2001.053868
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Abstract

In this article we argue that a transdisciplinary mode of knowledge integration, is key to the generation of sustainable agricultural innovations for small–scale, resource–poor farmers in developing countries. The concept and challenges of transdisciplinary research are described. We present a case study on the introduction of True Potato Seed in Bangladesh by a local non–governmental organization. The institutionalization process of a transdisciplinary approach to technology development within this organization is outlined. The case study is analyzed in relation to the identified main challenges for implementing transdisciplinary research. We conclude that application of a transdisciplinary approach throughout the innovation process requires changes in university curricula as well as organizational changes.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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