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Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments Worldwide, 1958-2011

Publication Date: November, 2014

The apparent disconnect between the evidence of high rates of return and slowing growth in public R&D spending begs the simple, but important question: Why?

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American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96-5

Re-examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development

Publication Date: October, 2014

At odds with a vast body of economic evidence reporting exceptionally high rates of return to investments in agricultural research and development (R&D), growth in public R&D spending for food and agriculture has slowed in numerous, especially rich, countries worldwide. The observed R&D spending behavior is consistent with a determination that the reported rates of return are perceived as implausible by policy makers. We examine this notion by scrutinizing 2,242 investment evaluations reported in 372 separate studies from 1958 to 2011.

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Recalibrating the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural R&D

Publication Date: August, 2012

The purpose of this research was to reexamine past estimates of the rates of return to food and agricultural R&D in light of the MIRR to see if a similar pattern emerges across the literature.

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Agricultural Production, Productivity and R&D over the Past Half Century: An Emerging New World Order

Publication Date: January, 2012

Recent trends in farm productivity and food prices raise concerns about whether the era of global agricultural abundance is over.

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The Economic Returns to U.S. Public Agricultural Research

Publication Date: November, 2011

We use newly constructed state-specific data to explore the implications of common modeling choices for measures of research returns.

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Agricultural Technologies to Feed Future Generations: Reasons to Revitalise

Publication Date: November, 2011

Since it is hard to imagine that present productivity trends can be revived without increased spending on agricultural R&D, it boils down to public policy decisions: Will G20 members play their part in sustainably ending global hunger in the decades to come, while also promoting continued prosperity in their own agricultural sectors?

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A Strategic Look at Global Wheat Production, Productivity and R&D Developments

Publication Date: January, 2011

The 20th century began with a rapid ramping up of national investments in and institutions engaged with research for food and agriculture.

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Agricultural R&D, Productivity and Global Food Security (PowerPoint)

Publication Date: January, 2011

Section Titles: A Century of Global Production, Global Productivity in the Long Run, Is Agricultural Productivity Growth Slowing?, R&D-Productivity Relationships, What's Been Happening to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments Globally?

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South African Agricultural R&D Investments: Sources, Structure, and Trends, 1910-2007

Publication Date: January, 2011

The twentieth century saw substantive shifts in the structure, funding and conduct of public agricultural research and development (R&D) and related regulatory and extension activities in South Africa. Following a long period of steady (and at times quite rapid) growth beginning in the early twentieth century, real spending on public agricultural R&D has essentially flat lined since the 1970s.

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South African Agricultural R&D: Policies and Public Institutions, 1880–2007

Publication Date: January, 2011

In South Africa, government engagement in agricultural R&D and associated technical support services dates back to at least the 1880s.

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