Why the influence of agricultural policy research is probably greater than we think

It is commonly understood that agricultural and food security policy research can influence policy only through direct engagement with policy makers. Another common view is that good policy analysis must be “demand driven” and follow these measurable steps: engage with policy makers to learn what their priority policy challenges are; researchers respond to policy makers’ >> Read more

World Bank investment boosts West African agricultural research, regional collaboration

West African countries are now in a better position to perform high-quality, production-boosting agricultural research than they were a decade ago, thanks to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP). That is the main finding of a newly published status report by ASTI’s Gert-Jan Stads and Nienke Beintema, based on new detailed agency-level data from the World Bank on the allocation of WAAPP funding and WAAPP-funded staff training.

Book: Agricultural research in Africa: Investing in future harvests

Cross-posted from IFPRI In Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, researchers and other development specialists examine the state of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the region and how such R&D can be improved. The research is an output of Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), led by the International Food Policy Research >> Read more

Karen Brooks: agricultural research contributes to rural prosperity directly and indirectly

In this video recorded at this year's ISPC Science Forum 2016, Karen Brooks, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) identifies several research-based pathways to rural prosperity, including direct income effects via new technologies and indirect economy-wide effects resulting from greater agricultural production.