Agricultural innovation – interview with Ken Ash, OECD Trade and Agriculture Director
Demand for food and feed is increasing worldwide. At the same time, there is greater pressure on land, water and biodiversity. Agricultural innovation, including research and development (R&D) can help boost productivity growth and make more efficient use of available natural resources.
In this interview for the agricultural economics journal EuroChoices, OECD Trade and Agriculture Director Ken Ash explains the role that innovation will play in the future of food.
» Visit the OECD website to listen to the podcast
2013 Conference sponsorships and 2013 Fellowships
After a successful call for applications, 9 conferences and 25 international research fellowships have been retained by the Co-operative Research Programme for funding.
Previous conference sponsorships and fellowships
Information about both conferences/workshops and fellowships funded in 2012-2008 can be found in the links below, including reports from conference organisers and fellows and links to proceedings and/or published papers that came out of the conferences or fellowships.
Governing Body "Open Forum" Sessions
Agricultural research continues to confront new challenges, from food security to ecological concerns to land use. An OECD conference highlighted recent major progress in agricultural research outcomes and addressed the challenges that lie ahead. Participants came from all agricultural sectors and included farmers, industry, scientists, decision makers and other stakeholders.
This publication presents the twenty papers delivered at the conference.
Systems implemented in the second half of the previous century to foster innovation in agriculture are in crisis. New solutions are urgenly needed to face the challenges of food security and climate chance while productivity is widely decreasing. The CRP-sponsored conference on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems, held in Paris from 15 to 17 June 2011, was very opportune in providing a large and comprehensive overview of concepts and experiences that are dramatically changing the approaches and the instruments to support and foster innovation in agriculture.