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Benin: ASTI–INRAB Country Factsheet

Benin: ASTI–INRAB Country Factsheet

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Gert-Jan Stads, Marcellin Allagbé, and Léa Vicky Magne Domgho


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); and the National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin (INRAB)

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Agricultural R&D spending in Benin more than doubled between 2000 and 2011, largely driven by the combined effect of an increase in internally generated revenues at INRAB and greater involvement in agricultural R&D on the part of UAC.

After a period of stagnation, the national number of agricultural researchers rose sharply between 2008 and 2011; nevertheless, restrictions on public-sector recruitment prevented INRAB from offering the new recruits permanent positions with associated benefits.
Agricultural researchers have become more qualified in Benin in recent years; 55 percent of researchers held PhD degrees in 2011 compared with just 38 percent in 2000.