Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation Systems (RALIS©) is a rapid, practical, bottom-up, participatory, network stimulating and innovation-oriented approach to value chain development and local/regional economic development. The objectives of the RALIS in the food sector in the Western Cape was to formulate practical proposals that will enhance innovation and strengthen the competitiveness of the food sector in Western Cape. Simultaneously to gain commitment from industry, government, support institutions and unions to support and implement the projects aimed at exploiting the short and medium term opportunities to improve competitiveness of the sector. . Firm-level interviews and workshops with higher education instutitions and the CPUT Agrifood Technology Station were held to develop a strategic plan to enhance their contribution to promoting food innovation in the value chain.