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.

New ASTI/AWARD portal supports women’s representation in African agricultural research

Women contribute important insights in agricultural research. Whether as government researchers, university professors, or senior research managers, their perspectives are essential for addressing the unique and pressing challenges of all farmers, particularly female farmers. Hiring women can also help alleviate staffing shortages in many African agricultural research agencies. These are a few of many good >> Read more

Why agricultural research investment lags in Africa south of the Sahara

ASTI’s latest data collection and analysis from Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) exposes a persistent problem and a drag on sustainable development efforts: Growth in research spending is lower than for other kinds of agricultural investment. Why is this happening, and can anything be done to reverse this imbalance?

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

Press-release: Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean “Well Placed” to Feed Growing Global Population Due to Increased Investment in Agricultural Research

Cross-posted from IFPRI April 27, 2016, Washington, D.C.—New data show that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is well situated to face the demands of a growing global population in the face of climate change, thanks to an increase in agricultural research investment since 2000. The data from Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI), released >> Read more