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Cover Food Policy

Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1975–2014

Publication Date: November, 2016

Research-enabled growth in agricultural productivity is pivotal to sub-Saharan Africa’s overall economic growth prospects.

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Cover Rao Thesis

Essays on Agricultural Production, Risk, and Productivity

Publication Date: February, 2015

This dissertation takes two different research perspectives to address the central theme of agricultural production and productivity.

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Instepp Brief 2014 Cover

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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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems

Investments in and the Economic Returns to Agricultural and Food R&D Worldwide

Publication Date: January, 2014

Ample evidence of very high returns to investments in agricultural and food R&D gives strong indications of a persistent underinvestment worldwide.

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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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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 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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What is the Irrigation Potential for Africa? A Combined Biophysical and Socioeconomic Approach

Publication Date: June, 2010

Although irrigation in Africa has the potential to boost agricultural productivities by at least 50 percent, food production on the continent is almost entirely rainfed.

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Potential Impact of Investments in Drought Tolerant Maize in Africa

Publication Date: January, 2010

Study evaluates the potential impacts of 'Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa' project run by CIMMYT and IITA in 13 sub-Saharan African countries.