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Rice harvest in Bangladesh: Transforming agricultural systems calls for transdisciplinary approaches. Figure 6.15 Multiple dimensions should be considered in transformation processes for systems change. Breakthrough fertilizer technology will be a powerful tool to catalyze a systems change and bring about the next mega-trend in agricultural development but pursuing quick fixes to such a comprehensive issue will be an oxymoron. Operational decisions like spraying at the field level can be taken by a single farmer, resolved by a single disciplinary solution and executed within hours or days. Tactical decisions at the farm level, for instance, such as growing a different crop involves more actors, several years and multiple objectives to be met. Changes in value chains and at a regional scale can only be achieved through strategic changes involving multiple actors and multiple disciplines to be pursued over many years. 12