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.


The role of business in working with government to develop Agricultural Knowledge Systems for global challenges

The New Zealand experience

In New Zealand there is a shared analysis and understanding between business and government in the development of agricultural knowledge systems. Primary production underpins the economy. A key driver of New Zealand's international competitiveness is research and technology for agriculture. This section presents case studies to illustrate the private sector's experience in working with government to develop these knowledge systems to meet global challenges at the nexus of food security and climate change. This experience extends from developing near-science to near-market knowledge. The role of the private sector varies in this range to reflect, in part, the different risks, timeframe, competencies and value relevant to business.


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