Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems

OECD Conference Proceedings

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This conference proceedings from the OECD Conference on Agricultural Knowledge Systems (AKS), held in Paris, on 15-17 June 2011, discusses a large range of experiences and approaches to AKS  explores how to foster development and adoption of innovation to meet global food security and climate change challenges. The conference considered developments in institutional frameworks, public and private roles and partnerships, regulatory frameworks conducive to innovation, the adoption of innovations and technology transfers, and the responsiveness of AKS to broader policy objectives.



Australia's approach to rural research, development and extension

This section outlines how Australia’s Agricultural Knowledge System (AKS) contributes to the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of Australia’s primary industries. The strong link between innovation and productivity growth and the role key members of the Australian AKS have in funding and conducting research and development, and delivering and adopting innovation are described. The challenges and opportunities facing the Australian AKS and the Australian Government’s response are examined. Finally, how the National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension Framework is assisting AKS members to better collaborate in order to improve the AKS’s function and efficiency is described.


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