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.


Institutional Agricultural Knowledge System reforms in New Zealand and international networks

Agriculture in New Zealand is a significant component of the New Zealand economy accounting for 9.1% of GDP. This is in part due to the long term investment in research to support the agricultural sector. The New Zealand agricultural knowledge system (AKS) has undergone significant reform over the last two decades with a key feature being the close alignment of the public and private sectors in setting research priorities, funding and non-financial support. International networks are considered important for New Zealand and the global AKS, and a significant effort in the last two years has been put into establishing the Global Research Alliance on Greenhouse Gases to respond to the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time maintaining productivity.


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