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Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators

TRENDS IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH: NEW EVIDENCE

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This report focuses on developments in investments, human resource capacity, and research outputs in African agricultural research during 2000–2014. It finds that, although SSA countries have made progress honoring regionwide CAADP commitments, growth in agricultural research investments has lagged considerably behind spending on other agricultural areas, such as farm support, subsidies, and irrigation. More about the report.

COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES: ASTI’S NEW INTENSITY INDEX

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Conventional agricultural research intensity ratios (such as the AU- and UN-recommended 1 percent of AgGDP target) assume that agricultural research investment should be proportional to the size of the agricultural sector. In reality, the capacity to invest depends on a range of variables, including the size of a country’s economy, its income level, the level of diversification of agricultural production, and the availability of relevant technology spillovers from other countries. To address these nuances, ASTI developed a new multi-factored indicator of research intensity. More about the index.

Benchmarking tools for various regions

Benchmarking SSA

Tools allow for cross-country comparisons and rankings of key spending and researcher indicators in Africa south of the Sahara, Latin America and the Caribbean, West Asia and North Africa, and South Asia

Agricultural research in Africa: Investing in future harvests

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More effective and efficient agricultural research systems producing a continuous supply of improved technologies are needed to enhance agricultural productivity and to increase incomes and market participation of smallholders. In Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, ASTI authors, researchers, and other development specialists provide a comprehensive perspective on the evolution, current status, and future goals of agricultural research in Africa. More about the book.