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Bénin : ASTI–INRAB Fiche d’information

Dépenses erratiques

De 41% entre 2000 et 2014, la hausse des dépenses de la recherche agricole reflète principalement une participation accrue de l’UAC et un renforcement des revenus générés en interne à l’INRAB. Or les niveaux de dépenses annuels ont fortement fluctué. La subvention de l’État couvrant à peine sa facture salariale, l’INRAB est resté dépendant des projets de courte durée de l’aide extérieure et de ses propres ventes de semences. Une amélioration s’annonce depuis que le gouvernement a autorisé l’accord d’une subvention spéciale à l’INRAB en 2016.

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Léa Vicky Magne Domgho, Marcellin Allagbé et Gert-Jan Stads
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2017
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Institut international de recherches sur les politiques et Institut national de recherches agricoles du Bénin
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Benin: ASTI–INRAB Country Factsheet

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Authors:
Léa Vicky Magne Domgho, Marcellin Allagbé, and Gert-Jan Stads

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2017

Publisher
International Food Policy Research Institute and the National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Benin

Erratic expenditures

Agricultural research expenditures rose by 41 percent between 2000 and 2014, largely driven by greater involvement in agricultural research by UAC and growth in INRAB’s internally generated revenues. Yearly spending levels were highly variable over time, however. Government funding barely covered INRAB’s salary bill, leaving the institute dependent on short-term donor-funded projects and revenues from seed sales. More recently, the situation has improved based on the government’s 2016 approval of special funding for INRAB.

Aging pool of researchers

Civil service recruitment restrictions were in effect from 1986 until very recently. During this time, INRAB could only appoint contract-based researchers, but lack of project funding made this problematic. Consequently, INRAB currently lacks a critical mass of researchers in a number of key disciplines. As a side effect of the recruitment ban, more than 80 percent of INRAB’s researchers are now over 50 years old and approaching the official retirement age of 60 years. Recruitment and training of young researchers is an urgent priority. I

nequitable remuneration

Unlike their university-based colleagues, INRAB’s scientists are classified as public servants, not researchers, so their salaries are much lower. This, combined with universities’ benefits associated with membership in CAMES (francophone Africa’s higher education council), make it hard for INRAB to compete for qualified staff. However, based on their academic focus, universities have much weaker linkages with farmers, whereas INRAB conducts applied research relevant to farmers’ specific needs. A decree to institute parity across sectors is expected to be approved in the near future.

Capital investment needed

Most of INRAB’s laboratories lack up-to-date research equipment and facilities, and the number of vehicles is inadequate. With low levels of capital investment, research infrastructure has deteriorated over time, understandably having negative impacts on the quality and quantitity of research outputs. Investment in the rehabilitation of research centers (other than those currently being rehabilitated under WAAPP) is crucial to the effective conduct of research, to retaining and motivating researchers, and to the development of high-quality outputs.

La R&D Agricole au Bénin : Une évaluation de l’Institut national de recherches agricoles du Bénin

En 2013 et en 2014, le programme ASTI, le CORAF et des points focaux nationaux ont réalisé une évaluation approfondie des enjeux critiques relatifs aux capacités humaines, financières et institutionnelles auxquels doivent faire face l'INRAB.

Auteurs: 
Marcellin C. Allagbe et Gert - Jan Stads
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2014
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International Food Research Policy Institute et Conseil ouest et centre africain pour la recherche et le développement agricoles.
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Évaluation des problè mes critiques de la recherche et developpement agricole au Bénin : le cas de l’Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB)

En 2013 et en 2014, le programme ASTI, le CORAF et des points focaux nationaux ont réalisé une évaluation approfondie des enjeux critiques relatifs aux capacités humaines, financières et institutionnelles auxquels doivent faire face l'INRAB.

Auteurs: 
Marcellin C. Allagbé
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2014
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Institut International de Recherche sur les Politiques Alimentaires et Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour l a Recherche et le Développement
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Agricultural R&D in Benin: An Assessment of the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin

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Authors:
Marcellin C. Allagbe and Gert - Jan Stads

Year:
2014

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International Food Policy Research Institute and West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECAR)

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Africa south of the Sahara

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Benin

During 2013–2014, ASTI, CORAF/WECARD, and national focal points carried out an in-depth assessment of the critical human, financial, and institutional capacity issues that INRAB is facing. The assessment included a quantitative survey collecting information on human and financial resources, R&D infrastructure, and R&D outputs; a series of face-to-face interviews with selected research and managerial staff; and a staff motivation survey distributed to a selected group of researchers and managerial staff. This summary note highlights the trends and challenges that emerged from the data, structuring it within five broad areas: funding capacity, human resource capacity, research outputs, research-related infrastructure, and institutional conditions.

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Bénin : ASTI–INRAB Fiche d’information

Entre 2000 et 2011, les dépenses consacrées à la R&D agricole au Bénin ont plus que doublé, principalement sous l’effet combiné d’une augmentation des revenus générés à l’interne de l’INRAB et d’une participation plus poussée de l’UAC à la R&D agricole.

Après une période de stagnation, le Bénin a connu une forte augmentation de l’effectif de ses chercheurs agricoles entre 2008 et 2011. Toutefois, le recrutement dans le secteur public étant soumis à des restrictions, l’INRAB n’a pu ni recruter à des postes permanents ni offrir les avantages y afférents.

Auteurs: 
Gert-Jan Stads, Marcellin Allagbé et Léa Vicky Magne Domgho
Année: 
2014
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Publié par: 
Institut international de recherches sur les politiques et Institut national de recherches agricoles du Bénin.
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