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Mali: ASTI–IER Country Factsheet

Mali: ASTI–IER Country Factsheet

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Gert-Jan Stads, Aliou Maïga, and Léa Vicky Magne Domgho


International Food Policy Research Institute and Institute of Rural Economics (IER)

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Strong dependence on short-term projects funded by donors and development banks, combined with modest levels of public funding, have caused considerable yearly fluctuations in both agricultural research expenditures and human resource capacity over time.

Although Mali’s 2011 agricultural research intensity ratio (0.61 percent) was higher than the average for Africa south of the Sahara (0.51 percent), it still falls well below the recommended 1-percent target set by NEPAD and the United Nations.

The aging of agricultural research staff, many of whom will reach retirement age in the next decade, is a major cause for concern.