Peru: ASTI–INIA Country Factsheet
Gert-Jan Stads, Sandra Perez, Jorge Sarria, and Nienke Beintema
International Food Policy Research Institute and National Agricultural Innovation Institute
Overall, agricultural R&D spending increased during 2007–2013, albeit rather erratically. Nevertheless, Peru’s agricultural R&D spending is still well below the United Nations’ recommended target of 1 percent of agricultural gross domestic product.
Peru’s number of agricultural researchers per capita and per farmer are among South America’s lowest. Employing just 97 FTEs in 2013, INIA, the country’s national agricultural research institute, is particularly small compared with its counterparts in other South American countries.
As of 2013, just 13 percent of Peruvian agricultural researchers were qualified to the PhD level. With the exception of UNALM, most agricultural R&D agencies lack a critical mass of PhD-qualified researchers for their research to have a tangible impact.