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Togo: ASTI–ITRA Country Factsheet

Togo: ASTI–ITRA Country Factsheet

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Gert-Jan Stads, Kokou Edoh Adabe, and Léa Vicky Magne Domgho


International Food Policy Research Institute and Togolese Agricultural Research Institute.

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Total agricultural R&D spending in Togo fell by nearly half during 2000–2011. The country’s 2011 intensity ratio (at 0.42 percent) was well below the 1-percent investment target recommended by the NEPAD and the United Nations.
After a period of steady decline, the national number of agricultural researchers in Togo increased rapidly in response to a general public- sector recruitment competition in 2009, which prompted the influx of a large number of (mostly MSc-qualified) researchers.
As the 2009 recruitment round was the first since 1992, most of Togo’s agricultural researchers are either in their thirties or their fifties. Given that a large number of researchers are set to retire in the coming years, further recruitment efforts are urgently needed.