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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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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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Reassessing International Research for Food and Agriculture

Publication Date: March, 2010

The 20th Century began with a rapid ramping up of national investments in and institutions engaged with research for food and agriculture. Private philanthropic organizations launched agricultural R&D initiatives around the middle of the century to spur technical change in poor-country agriculture.

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The Economics of Innovation and Technical Change in Agriculture

Publication Date: January, 2010

Innovation in agriculture differs from innovation elsewhere in the economy in several important ways. In this chapter we highlight differences arising from (a) the atomistic nature of agricultural production, (b) the spatial specificity of agricultural technologies and the implications for spatial spillovers and the demand for adaptive research, and (c) the role of coevolving pests and diseases and changing weather and climate giving rise to demands for maintenance research, and other innovations that reduce the susceptibility of agricultural production to these uncontrolled factors.

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Exploring Strategic Priorities for Regional Agricultural R&D

Exploring Strategic Priorities for Regional Agricultural R&D Investments in East and Central Africa

Publication Date: July, 2008

Agriculture plays a dominant role in nearly all the countries of East and Central Africa, and many face similar agroecological, climatic, and development challenges.

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Agricultural R&D Policy: A Tragedy of the International Commons

Publication Date: January, 2008

In this article, the factors contributing to persistent global underinvestment in agricultural R&D are described from a developing country perspective, estimates of agricultural R&D spending trends are presented, and incentive mechanisms for increasing rates of investment in agricultural R&D are described and assessed.

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Science, Technology and Skills

Publication Date: October, 2007

This report was commissioned by the CGIAR Science Council and prepared as a Background Paper for the 2008 World Development Report of the World Bank.

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Agricultural Innovation: Investments and Incentives

Publication Date: January, 2007

In this chapter we present an overview of the globally evolving structure of funding and performance of agricultural research.

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