Changes in Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems: Case Study of Poland

Józef Kania, Janusz Żmija


The paper has analysed and evaluated the existing concepts of relations between science and education, advisory services and agricultural
practice in the aspect of strengthening competitiveness of the agricultural sector of the EU and also has identified the most important elements
of agricultural knowledge system (AKS) in Poland and the assessment of their relationship. The source material was literature review on the
subject, statistical data and quality assessment of the relationship between stakeholders achieved as a result of a two-day panel discussion. The
results indicate that the traditional concepts of linear links between science and agricultural practice are replaced with innovative concepts of
networking. In Poland, there is not yet a well-functioning system of agricultural knowledge. Despite the existence of all the links in the classical
system of knowledge existing links between them are highly varied. Very strong links exist only between agricultural advisors and farmers,
strong between advisory, and research & education, between advisory and agricultural policy, and between farmers and companies selling
agricultural inputs and purchasing agricultural products. Other links have been identified as weak.

transfer of knowledge, information, innovations, knowledge systems, models of relations science-practice

Józef Kania, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Faculty of Agriculture and Economics, Krakow, Mickiewicza Ave. 21, PL, e-mail:

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