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Agricultural research: a growing global divide?

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  • Pardey, Philip G.
  • Beintema, Nienke M.
  • Dehmer, Steven
  • Wood, Stanley

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"Sustained, well-targeted, and effectively used investments in R&D have reaped handsome rewards from improved agricultural productivity and cheaper, higher quality foods and fibers. As we begin a new millennium, the global patterns of investments in agricultural R&D are changing in ways that may have profound consequences for the structure of agriculture worldwide and the ability of poor people in poor counties to feed themselves. This report documents and discusses these changing investment patterns, highlighting developments in the public and private sectors. It revises and carries forward to 2000 data that were previously reported in the 2001 IFPRI Food Policy Report Slow Magic: Agricultural R&D a Century After Mendel. Some past trends are continuing or have come into sharper focus, while others are moving in new directions not apparent in the previous series. In addition, this report illustrates the use of spatial data to analyze spillover prospects among countries or agroecologies and the targeting of R&D to address specific production problems like drought-induced production risks." Authors' Preface

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series Food policy reports with number 17.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:fprepo:17

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Keywords: Research and development; Agricultural productivity; Investments; Agricultural research; Poverty; Public investment; Private sector; Spatial analysis (Statistics);

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  1. Pardey, Philip G. & Alston, Julian M. & Christian, Jason E. & Fan, Shenggen., 1996. "Hidden harvest," Food policy reports 6, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Alston, Julian M. & Wyatt, T. J. & Pardey, Philip G. & Marra, Michele C. & Chan-Kang, Connie, 2000. "A meta-analysis of rates of return to agricultural R & D: ex pede Herculem?," Research reports 113, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  3. Pardey, Philip G & Roseboom, Johannes & Craig, Barbara J, 1992. "A Yardstick for International Comparisons: An Application to National Agricultural Research Expenditures," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 40(2), pages 333-49, January.
  4. Pardey, Philip G. & Beintema, Nienke M., 2002. "Slow Magic: Agricultural R&D A Century After Mendel," Working Papers 14364, University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
  5. Binenbaum, Eran & Pardey, Philip G., 2005. "Collective Action in Plant Breeding," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19530, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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