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A Strategic Approach to Agricultural Research Program Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Boughton, Duncan
  • Crawford, Eric W.
  • Howard, Julie A.
  • Oehmke, James F.
  • Shaffer, James D.
  • Staatz, John M.

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Recent studies have shown that agricultural research can have high payoffs in Africa, but impact depends on how well technology fits with evolving needs and capacity in the agricultural sector and the rest of the economy. Structural adjustment policies (e.g., market liberalization, currency devaluation) and political change are transforming user demands for new technology and the economic environment in which technology must perform. The challenge is how to design agricultural research as a strategic input to promote broad-based economic growth, structural transformation, and food security in the increasingly market-driven, but fragile, economies of Africa.
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  • Boughton, Duncan & Crawford, Eric W. & Howard, Julie A. & Oehmke, James F. & Shaffer, James D. & Staatz, John M., 1996. "A Strategic Approach to Agricultural Research Program Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa," Food Security International Development Policy Syntheses 11450, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    1. Mole, Paulo Nicua, 2000. "Smallholder Cashew Development Opportunities and Linkages to Food Security in Nampula Province, Mozambique: Summary of Findings and Implications for Policy, Research and Extension Efforts," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 56043, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    2. Eicher, Carl K., 1999. "Institutions and the African Farmer," Distinguished Economist Lectures 7660, CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
    3. Phillips, Jon C. & Jolley, William, 2004. "Major Factors Influencing the Competitiveness of the California Strawberry Subsector," Research Reports 15605, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Center for Food Marketing and Agribusiness Solutions.
    4. Jayne, Thomas S. & Mukumbu, Mulinge & Duncan, John & Staatz, John M. & Howard, Julie A. & Lundberg, Mattias K.A. & Aldridge, Kim & Nakaponda, Bethel & Ferris, John N. & Keita, Francis & Sanankoua, Abd, 1995. "Trends in Real Food Prices in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries," Food Security International Development Policy Syntheses 11327, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    5. Farrelly, Laura L., 1996. "Transforming Poultry Production and Marketing in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned with Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54687, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    6. Howard, Julie A. & Rubey, Lawrence & Crawford, Eric W., 2000. "Getting Technology And The Technology Environment Right: Lessons From Maize Development In Southern Africa," Staff Papers 11558, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    7. Staatz, John M., 1997. "Notes On The Use Of Subsector Analysis As A Diagnostic Tool For Linking Industry And Agriculture," Staff Papers 11803, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    8. Kajisa, Kei & Maredia, Mywish K. & Boughton, Duncan, 1997. "Transformation Versus Stagnation In The Oil Palm Industry: A Comparison Between Malaysia And Nigeria," Staff Papers 11483, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

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    Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Downloads May 2008-July 2009: 13;

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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