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Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in Transition – a reflection paper

A report which reflects on the state of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) from the point of view of the research and innovation policies in the EU and in its member states.

Year of Publication2012

This report reflects on the state of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) was commissioned by and written to inform the EU’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) on the current state of the AKIS and their fitness to contribute to the EU’s innovation agenda 2020 (for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth). Innovation is an important challenge for European agriculture, but little is known about the performance of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS). This report contributes towards this knowledge, as it reports on experiences from different countries and regions.The systems are very different between countries, regions and sectors. Although they are changing and diversity is useful in innovation and transitions, there is no guarantee that they are fit to answer the challenges posed by the need to increase productivity and sustainability in agriculture and food production.

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