On May 24, 2010, ASTI organized a three-hour side event at the West and Central Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) Science Week in Cotonou, Benin. The side event focused on recent trends in the overall agricultural R&D environment in West and Central Africa and was attended by a large number of representatives from West African agricultural R&D agencies, subregional organizations, donor organizations, and other stakeholders. [Read more...]
The recently published country note by ASTI and the National Center of Applied Research and Rural Development (FOFIFA) shows that the completion of a World Bank funded project and reduced government support led to a sudden decline in the country’s overall agricultural R&D expenditures in the late 1990s. Spending levels have recovered somewhat in more recent years due to enhanced in-kind technical support from France in the form of a relatively large presence of French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) expatriate research staff. [Read more...]
ASTI, in close collaboration with the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), just released the country note on Sierra Leone, a country not previously covered under ASTI’s data collection efforts. The note focuses on Sierra Leone’s agricultural R&D capacity and investment trends since the country emerged from the 1991-2002 civil war that nearly completely destroyed its research infrastructure. [Read more...]
The closing statement of GCARD highlighted the need to focus on gender issues in agricultural development and research decisionmaking.
Addressing gender in agriculture, partnerships, and capacity building of national and regional programs were crosscutting themes throughout the conference. Women account for as much as 80 percent of Africa’s food production but they only receive five percent of agricultural extension training and 10 percent of rural credit. Only a quarter of agricultural researchers in Africa are women, and only 14 percent of the management positions in agricultural research and development are female. [Read more...]
The recent Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in Montpellier, France, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the direction of agricultural research and how it can contribute to increased agricultural productivity and reduced poverty and hunger in developing countries. [Read more...]
A new ASTI publication highlights women's participation in agricultural research and higher education. Among the key findings:
- Total capacity of professional agricultural staff employed at the research and higher education agencies included in this study increased by 20 percent between 2000/01 and 2007/08. The female share of the pool of professional staff increased by 8 percent per year on average—four times higher than comparable growth in the share of male staff. [Read more...]