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.



The Dutch agricultural innovation system

This chapter describes the Agricultural Innovation System of the Netherlands and outlines recent changes. It first provides an overview of the general innovation system; describe agricultural innovation actors and their roles in the system; outlines changes in roles and changes in themes; present main policy instruments and monitoring mechanisms; and discusses views in the general public on agri-food innovation. It then describes main trends in public and private investments in R&D, mechanisms of funding and mechanisms to foster knowledge markets and networks. The next section presents an overview of policy incentives for the adoption of innovation, outlines the role of training and advisory services at farm level, and provides some information on adoption rates in primary agriculture and food processing. It concludes with reflections on recent developments. Finally, the last section outlines the participation of Dutch agricultural R&D actors in EU and international cooperation.


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