The overall goal of the ST&I program is to improve policies and investments that influence the role of ST&I in developing-country agriculture and improve their impact on productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, and the sustainable management of natural resources. The specific objectives of the program are to:
identify technological opportunities, incentives, and institutions that may have important implications for small-scale, resource-poor farmers (both male and female) and other vulnerable social groups in developing-country agriculture;
analyze the progression and constraints thereto associated with moving such opportunities from discovery to delivery;
measure the impacts of these technological opportunities on productivity, poverty, equity, and sustainability; and
recommend policy and investment solutions that increase the probabilities of success in generating these impacts.
These goals and objectives are achieved through a comprehensive program of research, communications, and capacity strengthening: Research centers on the analysis of promising science and the opportunities and constraints this science faces as it progresses from discovery to development to delivery; capacity strengthening focuses on developing global, regional, and national capacity to undertake research on agricultural ST&I policy; and communications will build mutual understanding among scholars, public policymakers, corporate decisionmakers, civil society practitioners, and other stakeholders about the importance of ST&I policies in developing-country agriculture and the impact of these policies on productivity, poverty, and sustainability.
Additionally, this program will advance the use and improvement of cutting-edge methodologies that identify ST&I opportunities, evaluate the returns to ST&I investments, strengthen the assessment of impact, and enhance our understanding of ST&I policies.