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Democratic Republic of Congo: ASTI–INERA Country Factsheet

Democratic Republic of Congo: ASTI–INERA Country Factsheet

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Gert-Jan Stads and Daniel Lunze Lubanga


International Food Policy Research Institute and National Agricultural Study and Research Institute.

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Congo, Dem. Rep.

Despite rapid growth in recent years, DR Congo’s agricultural R&D spending remains well below the levels required to sustain its needs; in fact, spending levels as a share of AgGDP are among the lowest in Africa.

Agricultural researcher numbers also grew rapidly in recent years, particularly at INERA and CRAA, although most of this growth occurred among researchers trained to the BSc or MSc levels.
Accouounting for just 9 percent of total researchers, women are severely underrepresented in agricultural R&D in DR Congo, especially given that the country’s agricultural labor force is predominantly female.