Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 1

The importance and diffusion of knowledge in the agricultural sector

Zbigniew Floriańczyk, Krzysztof Janc, Konrad Czapiewski

Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 1, pp. 45-56 | Full text

The main aim of the work described here was to investigate knowledge transfer to farms, as well as to analyse the levels of knowledgepresent as this relates to farm performance. Possible inefficiency of knowledge utilisation was investigated at the levels of the individualfarm, the gmina (commune – unit of local government administration in Poland) and the region. It emerged from this that theperformance of farms was closely related to level of knowledge, with results offering a basis for the elaboration of different models forknowledge transfer in agriculture. Specifically, the three models distinguished in relation to the path of information flow are peer to peer,global information or direct from supplier.

Keywords: knowledge transfer, human capital, rural policy, rural areas, rural development, agricultural production, Poland

Zbigniew Floriańczyk, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics Świętokrzyska 20, 00-002 Warsaw: Poland
Krzysztof Janc [], Institute of Geography and Regional Development University of Wrocław Kuźnicza 49/55, 50-138 Wrocław: Poland
Konrad Czapiewski [], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warszawa, Poland