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ASTI est géré par l’Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires (IFPRI) et fait partie du Programme de recherche du CGIAR sur les politiques, les institutions et les marchés (PIM).

Frequently Asked Questions


ASTI Data in the Context of Agricultural S&T Policy

Policymakers are increasingly recognizing that higher levels of investment in agricultural research is a key factor in increasing agricultural production to the levels required to feed the world’s growing population. Furthermore, additional investments in agricultural research are required to address emerging challenges, such as increasing weather variability, adaptation to climate change, water scarcity, and increased price volatility in global markets.


In 1981, two CGIAR member institutes—the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the former International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR)—initiated a joint venture on agricultural research data indicators with the publication of the best available data from secondary sources for an ad hoc group of national agricultural research systems.


ASTI gratefully acknowledges the valuable support of its current and past donors, without which the initiative would be unable to continue gathering data and reporting on agricultural research investment and capacity trends around the world. The following donors are funding ASTI’s current phase of 2015–2018:


Global and Regional

Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions

Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa

Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions.

Workplan 2015–2018

ASTI is currently active in over 80 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Sustained funding has enabled formerly ad hoc activities in South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara to be consolidated into an institutionalized system of data compilation, synthesis, and analysis at regular intervals. The appointment of individuals acting as national and regional focal points is facilitating this process, enhancing local ownership of the data, and stimulating national-level advocacy and data analysis.

ASTI’s activities during 2015–2018 will include


ASTI indicators:

  • Institutional setup of research
  • Research spending by cost category
  • Funding sources
  • Research staff by degree, gender, and age
  • Research focus by commodity and thematic area
  • Output indicators

ASTI outputs:

  • Country factsheets
  • Regional and global reports
  • Downloadable datasets and online tools
  • Analytical assessments
  • Seminars and presentations
  • Media outreach
  • ASTI website



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