Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators
The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) has injected significant investment in agricultural research infrastructure and human capacity in the region, strengthening the position of West African countries to perform high-quality, priority research over the coming years. Despite these important achievements, a few critical challenges remain. Read the ASTI Status Report, available in French and English.
Now available in French translation, 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.
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.
Regional Benchmarking Tools
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
Female agricultural researchers, professors, and senior managers offer different insights from their male counterparts. They provide an important perspective in addressing the unique and pressing challenges of all farmers, and female farmers in particular. Consequently, it is crucial that agricultural research agencies employ a balance of male and female researchers. This portal provides detailed sex-disaggregated data on human resources in agricultural research, thereby offering an essential tool to decision-makers and research managers to set priorities and benchmarks, and to monitor progress over time. Visit the Data Portal.