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The Feeding Of The Nine Billion — A Case For Technology Transfer In Agriculture



    () (Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation)


    () (Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation)


This paper studies technology creation and transfer of 95 Russian research and technology organisations (RTOs) into producer organisations in agriculture and mining. Previous findings suggested that in agriculture, the barriers for technology adaption are particularly high due to technological conservatism and the atomic structure of the industry. Although RTOs in agriculture publish more and register more patents, they struggle to translate their success into transfer activities. While technology transfer in mining goes well hand in hand with applied research, RTOs in agriculture either build on new technologies or generate revenues through ready-to-use services. The explanation for this rather short-term oriented demand for services of Russia's RTOs lies in the financial situation of client organisations. The vast majority complain about their dire lack of financial means to pay for new technologies. Consequently, agricultural producers do not generate enough revenues to pursue future opportunities, with far reaching consequences. The situation could get better if the RTOs and the client would agree to longer-lasting relationships.

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  • Thomas Wolfgang Thurner & Stanislav Zaichenko, 2015. "The Feeding Of The Nine Billion — A Case For Technology Transfer In Agriculture," International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 19(02), pages 1-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:19:y:2015:i:02:n:s1363919615500267
    DOI: 10.1142/S1363919615500267

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    1. Ilya Kuzminov & Pavel Bakhtin & Elena Khabirova & Maxim Kotsemir & Alina Lavrynenko, 2018. "Mapping the Radical Innovations in Food Industry: A Text Mining Study," HSE Working papers WP BRP 80/STI/2018, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    2. Ilya Kuzminov & Leonid Gokhberg & Thomas Thurner & Elena Khabirova, 2018. "The Current State of the Russian Agricultural Sector," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 17(1), pages 52-57, April.

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