Sustainability-oriented Innovation in the Agri-food System: Current Issues and the Road Ahead

Stefania Testa*, Kristian Roed Nielsen, Steen Vallentin, Federica Ciccullo

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The agri-food system features prominently in discussions about sustainable development because of its broad economic, social, and environmental impacts. To examine how the agri-food system is responding – and can respond – to the grand challenges of sustainability, we position this Special Issue (SI) within the stream of sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) literature, and in relation to the much-cited framework provided by Adams et al. (2016). This introductory article contains an overview of the selected papers, described by using the above-mentioned framework and by highlighting the contributions that these articles bring to fill current knowledge gaps in the field. Such knowledge gaps have been identified by investigating SOI links to sustainability and circular economy concepts and by studying how SOI relates to development in the agri-food system. The contributions to this SI explore different facets of the research agenda we have laid out and covers the range of SOI proposed by Adams et al. To help the field move forward, we finally identify a few areas as the most relevant for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number121653
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Agri-food
  • Sustainability-oriented innovation
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainability
  • Circular economy

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