Search form

Central African Republic: ASTI–ICRA Country Factsheet

Central African Republic: ASTI–ICRA Country Factsheet

ASTI publicaiton cover

Other languages:
Version française

Gert-Jan Stads, Ernest Konguere, and Léa Vicky Magne Domgho


International Food Policy Research Institute and Central African Agricultural Research Institute

Publication category

Africa south of the Sahara

Related country page(s)
Central African Rep.

Agricultural R&D funding increased rapidly during 2009–2011 after a decade of sustained donor suspensions. A resurgence in political instability in late-2012 once again caused funding levels to decline abruptly.

CAR’s agricultural R&D spending as a share of agricultural AgGDP (0.16 percent in 2011) is among the lowest in Africa.

The country’s main agricultural R&D agency, ICRA, is severely challenged in terms of human resources: it lacks a critical mass of PhD-qualified researchers, and the vast majority of its researchers are approaching retirement age.