Sustainable intensification has recently been developed and adopted as a key concept and driver for research and policy in sustainable agriculture. It includes ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are crucial components. This book describes different aspects of systems research in agriculture in its broadest sense, where the focus is moved from farming systems to livelihoods systems and institutional innovation.

Much of the work represents outputs of the three CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Dryland Systems. The chapters are based around four themes: the conceptual underpinnings of systems research; sustainable intensification in practice; integrating nutrition, gender and equity in research for improved livelihoods; and systems and institutional innovation.

While most of the case studies are from countries and agro-ecological zones in Africa, there are also some from Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

part I|140 pages

Conceptual underpinnings of systems research

chapter 2|24 pages

Systems research for agricultural development

Past, present and future

chapter 3|15 pages

Systems science at the scale of impact

Reconciling bottom up participation with the production of widely applicable research outputs

chapter 6|11 pages

What works where for which farm household?

Rapid approaches to food availability analysis

chapter 8|15 pages

Systems thinking

Towards transformation in praxis and situations

chapter 10|14 pages

Exploring futures of aquatic agricultural systems in Southern Africa

From drivers to future-smart research and policy options

part II|74 pages

Sustainable intensification in practice

part III|85 pages

Integrating nutrition, gender and equity in research for improved livelihoods

chapter 17|12 pages

Nutrition-sensitive landscapes

Approach and methods to assess food availability and diversification of diets

chapter 19|14 pages

Gender and systems research

Leveraging change

chapter 20|15 pages

Gender norms and agricultural innovation

Insights from Uganda

chapter 21|12 pages

Gender transformative approaches in agricultural innovation

The case of the Papa Andina Initiative in Peru

part IV|64 pages

Systems and institutional innovation

chapter 22|15 pages

What kinds of ‘systems’ are we dealing with?

Implications for systems research and scaling

chapter 23|16 pages

How can external interventions build on local innovations?

Lessons from an assessment of innovation experiences in African smallholder agriculture

chapter 25|14 pages

Learning System for Agricultural Research for Development (LESARD)

Documenting, reporting, and analysis of performance factors in multi-stakeholder processes