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

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

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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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security International Development Working Papers with number 54702.

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Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midiwp:54702
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  1. Laker-Ojok, Rita, 1994. "The Potential Returns to Oilseeds Research in Uganda: The Case of Groundnuts and Sesame," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54708, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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