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Democratic Republic of Congo: ASTI–INERA Country Factsheet

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Authors:
Léa Vicky Magne Domgho, Lunze Lubanga, and Gert-Jan Stads

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2017

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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.

Rapid rise in spending

Between 2009 and 2014, DR Congo’s agricultural research spending doubled (in inflationadjusted terms) following government efforts to revitalize the agricultural sector and the launch of a number of donorfunded projects, including PDPC, PARRSA, and PAPAKIN. Spending as a share of AgGDP rose from 0.20 to 0.34 percent during this period. Despite this rapid growth, agricultural research investment still falls short of the minimum 1 percent target recommended by the African Union and the United Nations, and remains too low to sustain DR Congo’s needs.

Capacity constraints

Agricultural researcher numbers grew by nearly 40 percent during 2009–2014, although most of these newly recruited researchers held only BSc or MSc degrees. INERA and the other government agencies continue to lack a critical mass of scientists qualified to the PhD level (and many of those with PhD degrees are approaching retirement age). Low public-sector salaries act as a disincentive for younger PhD-qualified scientists to pursue careers in research; many choose careers in the private sector instead.

Outdated infrastructure

Numerous factors present acute challenges to the effective conduct of agricultural research in DR Congo, including derelict buildings, equipment that has fallen in disrepair, insufficient access to vehicles to conduct field research, frequent power outages that disrupt trials, unreliable Internet access, lack of up-to-date computer technology and software, and poor communication channels between headquarters and remote stations across this vast country. Large-scale capital investments are urgently needed to address these myriad issues.

Pooling scarce resources

Given the many constraints that agricultural research agencies in DR Congo are facing, the scarce resources of universities and government agencies need to be pooled more effectively. By collectively identifying research priorities and sharing staff and infrastructure, these agencies could create synergies in conducting research and ultimately in generating outputs that would enhance the quantity and quality of agricultural production. The government has an important role to play in this regard in terms of providing the necessary policy environment to stimulate cooperation.

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Forte hausse des dépenses

Suite aux efforts du gouvernement pour relancer le secteur agricole et au démarrage de plusieurs projets financés par des bailleurs de fonds, tels le PDPC, le PARRSA et le PAPAKIN, les dépenses de la recherche agricole de la RDC ont doublé (en termes corrigés de l’inflation) entre 2009 et 2014 ; exprimées comme pourcentage du PIBA, elles sont passées de 0,20 à 0,34%. Les investissements dans la recherche agricole demeurent en deçà de la cible de 1% fixée par l’UA et l’ONU et ne suffisent pas pour répondre aux besoins de la RDC.

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Léa Vicky Magne Domgho, Lunze Lubanga et Gert-Jan Stads
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2017
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Centre de Recherche en Hydrobiologie (CRH)

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Malgré la forte croissance au cours des dernières années, les dépenses de R&D agricole de la RDC sont encore en deçà des niveaux requises pour subvenir aux besoins du pays. Le ratio dépenses/PIB agricole est parmi les plus bas en Afrique.

Les effectifs de chercheurs agricoles connaissent également une croissance rapide depuis quelques années, notamment à l’INERA et au CRAA. Cette croissance est due à l’augmentation des chercheurs de niveau licence/ BSc ou master/MSc.

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Gert-Jan Stads et Daniel Lunze Lubanga
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2013
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Democratic Republic of Congo: ASTI–INERA Country Factsheet

ASTI publicaiton cover

Other languages:
Version française

Authors:
Gert-Jan Stads and Daniel Lunze Lubanga

Year:
2013

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

Publication category

Africa south of the Sahara

Related country page(s)
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.

Congo, Rép. Dém.

Malgré la forte croissance au cours des dernières années, les dépenses de R&D agricole de la RDC sont encore en deçà des niveaux requises pour subvenir aux besoins du pays. Le ratio dépenses/PIB agricole est parmi

Les effectifs de chercheurs agricoles connaissent également une croissance rapide depuis quelques années, notamment à l’INERA et au CRAA. Cette croissance est due à l’augmentation des chercheurs de niveau licence/ BSc ou master/MSc

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