Kenyan agricultural research is relatively well funded compared
with many other African countries. Its intensity of research is well above that of other African countries and close to the average for the developed world. KARI continues to have the highest concentration of agricultural research activities in Kenya although the higher-education agencies, nonprofit institutions, and other agencies also make significant contributions to agricultural research. Agricultural research by the private sector remains small and limited to specific high-value commercial enterprises.

Agricultural research, however, continues to rely heavily on external donor funding. More local funding, either public or private, should be mobilized in order to reduce donor dependency. The establishment of partnerships with the private sector, for example, needs to be further encouraged and developed.

Beintema, Nienke M.
Murithi, Festus M.
Mwangi, Peterson
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR); and Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
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