The AKIS concept and its relevance in selected EU member states



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http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/oa.2015.0194
Type: 
journal article
Journal: 
Outlook on Agriculture
Number: 
1
Pages: 
29-36
Volume: 
44
Year: 
2015
Author(s): 
Knierim, A.
Boenning, K.
Caggiano, M.
Cristóvão, A.
Dirimanova, V.
Koehnen, T.
Labarthe, P.
Prager, K.
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Recently, Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKISs) have gained considerable attention in scientific and political forums in the European Union (EU). AKIS is considered a key concept in identifying, analysing and assessing the various actors in the agricultural sector as well as their communication and interaction for innovation processes. Using qualitative expert interviews and organizational mapping, the features of national AKISs were investigated in selected EU member states (Belgium, France, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and the UK). The authors present the different national AKISs and compare them qualitatively with refgggard to their institutional settings, their overall policy frameworks and their coordinating structures. Conclusions are drawn with regard to AKIS appraisal in general and the usefulness of the AKIS concept, particularly for the understanding and evaluation of policy-induced innovation in agriculture.

Publication year: 
2015