The promise and challenges inherent in agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa prompted the conference, “Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future—Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities,” which was convened by the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative—facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)—and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). The goal of the conference was to define a road map for revitalizing agricultural research in the region focusing on four principal themes:
- sustainable financing of agricultural research;
- training the next generation of agricultural scientists;
- effectively evaluating the performance of research institutes and systems; and
- efficient organization of national agricultural research activities supported by regional and international capacities.
This document synthesizes the paper presentations, panel discussions and deliberations by the conference participants. The commissioned conference papers have been published as an ASTI/IFPRI–FARA Working Paper series, and a book synthesizing both the conference outcomes and further analysis will be prepared for publication in 2013. More information is available on the conference website at http://www.asti.cgiar.org/2011conf.