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Enhancing innovation in agriculture at the policy level: the potential contribution of Technology Assessment


Vanclay, FM and Russell, AW and Kimber, J, Enhancing innovation in agriculture at the policy level: the potential contribution of Technology Assessment, Land Use Policy, 31 pp. 406-411. ISSN 0264-8377 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.08.004


Technology Assessment (TA) is an applied process that considers the societal implications of technological change in order to influence policy to improve technology governance. TA has considerable potential to enhance innovation in agriculture and to assist agricultural industries in becoming more efficient, more sustainable and more socially acceptable. Innovation in agriculture is not only about what happens at the farm level, there needs to be innovation all along the value chain, including at the policy level in agribusiness and government. In assessing innovation at multiple levels, this paper demonstrates the potential of TA to assist government and industry to make sound decisions relating to which new technologies to endorse, what regulation may be required, and how social concerns can be addressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Technology Assessment, innovation, adoption, technology governance, agricultural policy, sustainability
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vanclay, FM (Professor Francis Vanclay)
UTAS Author:Kimber, J (Ms Julie Kimber)
ID Code:87588
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-11-25
Last Modified:2014-05-20

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