Public agricultural R&D investments and capacities in developing countries

Recent evidence for 2000 and beyond

Revised data analyses for the Asia–Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean regions, along with initial analyses for Sub-Saharan Africa that have yet to be finalized, indicate that—more than ever—the knowledge divide among rich and poor countries (the so-called scientific “haves” and “have-nots”) is growing. A large number of low- income countries continue to experience reduced donor support and lack of prioritization of agricultural R&D by national governments. Sustainable financial and political support for agricultural R&D is crucial, as is the creation of attractive investment climates for private investors, if the challenges of sustainable economic and social development are to be met. In particular, without sustainable funding for agricultural R&D, low-income, agriculturedependent countries will continue to struggle in poverty.
Quantitative information is fundamental to understanding the contribution of agricultural S&T to agricultural growth. Indicators derived from such
information allow the performance, inputs, and outcomes of agricultural S&T systems to be measured, monitored, and benchmarked. Up-todate information is a critical tool to interpreting the current status and direction of national agricultural research systems in developing countries. Regular collection of agricultural S&T capacity and investment data is therefore essential in order to keep this information up-to-date.

Beintema, Nienke M.
Stads, Gert-Jan
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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