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Analysis of agricultural research investment priorities for sustainable poverty reduction in Southeast Asia


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  • Raitzer, David A.
  • Maredia, Mywish K.


Underinvestment in agricultural research remains rife across Southeast Asia, despite the remaining importance of the subregion’s agricultural sector and ample evidence of agricultural technology impact to date. To help identify specific areas where additional investment is most needed, this study compares the impact potential for the poor of alternative agricultural research foci, taking changes in production patterns, consumption patterns and environmental sustainability into account. New spatial data on the distribution of poverty and the expenditure patterns of households below international poverty lines are used to offer more detailed assessment of the poverty relevance of alternative foci than possible previously. Patterns of impact potential are evaluated against evidence of impact to date to discern probabilities of success in achieving potential impacts. Impact patterns discerned are contrasted with current relative funding allocations across research areas in the subregion by National Agricultural Research Systems (NARSs) and International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs) to identify key funding gaps.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 412-426

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:4:p:412-426

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Keywords: Southeast Asia; Agricultural research; Impact assessment; Technical change; Priority setting; Poverty;


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