The Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative compiles, analyzes, and publishes data on institutional developments, investments, and human resources in agricultural R&D in low- and middle-income countries. The ASTI initiative is managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and involves collaborative alliances with many national and regional R&D agencies, as well as international institutions. The initiative is widely recognized as the most authoritative source of information on the support for and structure of agricultural R&D worldwide. (www.asti.cgiar.org)
The authors thank Nienke Beintema, Gert-Jan Stads, and Mark Rosegrant for their valuable comments on an earlier draft and Michelle Luijben for editing the brief. ASTI gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.