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New Zealand Plant Protection 68 (2015): 291-298

Enhancing innovation and technology transfer in the New Zealand apple industry - learnings from Apple Futures

N.M. Park, T.A. Williams, J.T.S. Walker, M.R. Butcher, J.A. Turner, N. Botha, J. Vereijssen and N.M. Taylor


Apple Futures was a research implementation project designed to produce export quality, ultra-low residue apples while meeting the phytosanitary requirements of over 60 countries. In 3 years from 2007/08 to 2009/10 seasons it was successfully implemented on 65% of New Zealand's export apple crop with a benefit-cost ratio of 30 times the value of the investment. The process of developing and implementing Apple Futures is the subject of a case study on co-innovation - an approach to solving complex problems that engages multiple stakeholders throughout research and extension initiatives to enhance adoption and impact. A new innovation system analysis framework was used to identify key co-innovation learnings. These included the importance of trust amongst participants, learning together, a clear agenda for change, and monitoring and evaluating progress towards that change agenda. Findings are discussed in the context of maximising impact in innovation projects in New Zealand's primary sector.

Keywords: co-innovation, technology transfer, IPM, agricultural innovation system.

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