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Mexico: ASTI–INIFAP Country Factsheet

Mexico: ASTI–INIFAP Country Factsheet

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Kathleen Flaherty, Sandra Perez, Venancio Cuevas-Reyes, and Georgel Moctezuma López



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Latin America and the Caribbean

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Mexico’s research system is one of the largest in Latin America in terms of capacity and spending. One-quarter of researchers are employed at INIFAP, the country’s principal agricultural research agency.

During 2006–2013, agricultural R&D spending rose by 20 percent due to growth in the higher education sector. Between 2009 and 2013, however, growth declined by 1 percent.

Despite an overall decline in the number of agricultural researchers employed at INIFAP, the number of researchers with PhD degrees increased during 2006– 2013. It should be noted, however, that many of these researchers will reach retirement age in the coming decade.