Innovation systems thinking being a new discipline requires developing capacity at all levels of organisations involved in agricultural and rural development. The strategic starting point is the level that can influence and cause a multiplier effect to build capacity of organisations and systems. The PhD level training therefore is a strategy to build capacity for capacity building in organisations and systems to apply innovation systems approaches to agricultural and rural development. This calibre of human resource is required in Higher Education institutions that train professional development agents; policy development institutions that formulate guidelines for development practice; and as managers of agricultural and rural development organisations who plan/design and manage development interventions. A critical mass of professionals at this level can greatly influence capacity enhancement of organisations and systems for agricultural and rural development. This is a regional program for Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, which is taught at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Makerere University in Uganda, and Egerton University in Kenya.
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