The FPRCI database provides measures of quality and quantity of national capacity for food policy research in 33 developing countries. Food policy research capacity is defined as any socioeconomic or policy-related research capacity in the areas of food, agriculture, or natural resources. Indicators designed to measure quality and quantity and to identify capacity gaps include the number of researchers, PhD-level researchers, and researchers per million rural residents, as well as the number of international publications and publications per researcher. International publication indicators are viewed as a reflection of the local enabling environment for food policy research. This research plays an important role in guiding agricultural development, and strong local research institutions can help in shaping an evidence-based policy-making process.
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