As the new ASTI data presented in the country brief illustrates, despite the substantial expansion of DARHRD’s research staff and donor funding during the second half of the 1990s, research facilities, staffing levels, and staff qualifications still fall well below levels that would enable Eritrea’s agricultural research organizations to operate at a scale comparable with many other African countries. DARHRD will require substantial ongoing support from the Eritrean government and the donor community, especially in light of the completion of the FAO/Italian government project and the termination of Danida funding in 2003. Successful retraining of demobilized national service personnel could be a valuable contribution to both Eritrea’s agricultural research capacity and its social structure, but this will depend on sufficient ongoing funding.

Beintema, Nienke M.
Okubay, Tedros
Debass, Thomas
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR); and Department of Agricultural Research and Human Resource Development (DARHRD)
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