Conceptual Diagram of an Agricultural Innovation System

An Agricultural Innovation System (AIS) is a network of actors − individuals or organizations − which together with supporting institutions and policies in the agricultural and related sectors, bring existing or new products, processes, and forms of organization into social and economic use. Policies and institutions (formal and informal) shape the way that these actors interact, generate, share and use knowledge as well as jointly learn. The AIS comprises four components: research and education; bridging institutions; business and enterprise; and the enabling environment.