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Mauritania: ASTI–CNERV Country Factsheet

Mauritania: ASTI–CNERV Country Factsheet

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Gert-Jan Stads, Souleymane Guèye, and Léa Vicky Magne Domgho


International Food Policy Research Institute and National Livestock and Veterinary Research Center.

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Compared with many other countries in West Africa, crop and livestock research play a relatively minor role in Mauritania given its arid climate. IMROP, which focuses on fisheries research, is the country’s largest agricultural R&D agency, accounting for close to two-thirds of Mauritania’s agricultural R&D spending in 2011.

Total agricultural R&D spending fluctuated considerably during 2001–2011. The 2013 renewal of the fisheries treaty between Mauritania and the EU is expected to have a positive impact on spending levels in the near future.

IMROP is relatively well- funded and resourced, but the main crop and livestock research centers (CNRADA and CNERV) and the higher education agencies lack sufficient funding and research staffing.