Some Links on Returns to R&D in Agriculture

A picture of R&D in agriculture in low income countries:

  1. Encouraging Private Investment in Agricultural Research: Myth or Necessity for Developing Countries? – from Joshua Ariga, Economist with the International Fertilizer Development Center, Alabama, USA
  2. Enhancing Developing World Agricultural Performance: getting beyond the current plateau through R&D – a presentation by Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director of Agriculture Development at the Gates Foundation
  3. PNG’s agriculture extension system needs revitalising – article by James Laraki  of PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute posted on Malum Nalu’s award-winning blog that has almost 400,000 hits (jealous! but catching slowly..)
  4. ADOPT: How to estimate the timeframes for project impacts in innovation and agriculture – This paper reports on the reasoning underpinning the development of the Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool (ADOPT), i.e., an increasing demand from research, development and extension (R, D & E) agencies for estimates of likely extent of adoption and the likely timeframes for project impacts.

See also the work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, or CGIAR, the global partnership of organisations engaged in R&D for sustainable development, but focusing primarily on agriculture.

A member organisation of CGIAR is the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, or ACIAR whose main focus is the Asia-Pacific region and which has PNG and Pacific Island countries as one of five areas of focus.  Here is an overview of ACIAR’s work in this region, which includes the Pacific Crops program led by Dr Richard Markham who is located with LRD-SPC in the Suva office, and a program called Developing Cleaner Export Commodity Pathways led by LRD’s own Roy Masamdu.  See also ACIAR’s pages describing its work in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Finally, LRD’s Genetic Resources team led by Dr Mary Taylor, Team Leader for Genetic Resources, has a strong research program in the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees as well as other collaborations with ACIAR, AusAid and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

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