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Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in the Netherlands

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The Dutch food, agriculture and horticulture sector is innovative and export oriented, with high value-added along the food chain and significant world export shares for many products. Continuous adoption of innovation has permitted to reach high levels of productivity and sustained productivity growth, in particular at the farm level, in a context of increasing environmental regulatory constraints. The challenge is whether marginal improvements in current technologies and know-how will be enough to pursue current rates of productivity growth – sustainably – and whether the innovation system will be able to generate the new ideas that are needed to face future challenges, including those linked to climate change.

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Overall assessment and recommendations

This chapter presents the framework used in the report to analyse the extent to which Dutch policies are supportive of innovation and structural change, and affect access to and use of natural resources for productivity and sustainability, and an overview of the findings of the review of a wide range of policies in the Netherlands. In each policy area, it develops specific policy recommendations.

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