The present report presents the NRLO views
on knowledge and innovation priorities for Dutch agribusiness
in the years ahead as seen in an international perspective.
Knowledge and innovation priorities are highlighted against the backdrop of key challenges facing Dutch agribusiness in the years to come. Major challenges include:
If Dutch agribusiness is to meet these key challenges as well as to realise their corresponding strategies it will require profound and complex innovations. In the present report they are called 'system innovations'. The thoroughness of changes to be made is attendant on a number of factors:
Ten proposals are presented in the report. They are intended to help agribusiness take a major step forward in accomplishing far-reaching adjustments. They have been submitted to a large number of prominent stakeholders representing the business community, social organisations, government agencies and knowledge institutes. Stakeholders' responses show that the proposals go a long way in meeting their ambitions.
Six of the ten proposals are related to the development of knowledge, technology and skills geared towards system innovations. Two pertain to a new educational programme. Two others are pertaining to initiatives to renew or at least highly improve information services. The matrix below outlines the scope of the proposals.
|Outline of proposals|
|1. International training centre for agribusiness top management|
|2. Innovation programme on chains & logistics|
|3. Information and knowledge network on new markets|
|4. Innovation programme on environment-oriented system innovation|
|5. Social sciences network for environmental issues in agriculture|
|6. The agriculture and environment information network|
|7. Innovation programme on landscape quality improvement through spatial integration of agricultural and external developments|
|8. Animal health strategies innovation programme|
|9. Training programme for policy-defining epidemiologists and veterinary quality managers|
|10. Integrated animal farming systems innovation programme|
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