Agricultural R&D in the Philippines

Policy, investments, and institutional profile

In 2005, agriculture accounted for 14 percent of the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP), down from 23 percent in 1982. Despite the decreasing importance of agriculture in the country’s GDP and exports, the sector still represents a priority area to the Philippines as roughly three-quarters of the rural poor depend on agriculture for employment and income. Agricultural research and development (R&D) is crucial in alleviating rural poverty and it is therefore granted a priority by the Philippine government.

This brief provides an overview of the major investment trends in agricultural research in the Philippines since the mid-1980s, drawing on a new set of data developed through a comprehensive survey by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD).

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Author: 
Stads, Gert-Jan
Faylon, Patricio S.
Buendia, Leah J.
Published date: 
2007
Publisher: 
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)