What Can be Done to Reinvigorate U.S. Agricultural Research?

Publication Date: June, 2013

We describe the evolving patterns of support for public agricultural and food R&D, the shifting emphasis of spending within the broad portfolio, and some potential policy approaches to revitalize U.S. agricultural research.

Global and US Trends in Agricultural R&D in a Global Food Security Setting

Publication Date: February, 2012

In recent decades, we have witnessed in most countries a slowdown in the rate of growth in spending on agricultural Research and Development (R&D) — especially R&D oriented to enhancing farm productivity.

A Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All: Report of Two Workshops

Publication Date: January, 2012

The National Research Council's Science and Technology for Sustainability Program hosted two workshops in 2011 addressing the sustainability challenges associated with food security for all.

South African Agricultural Productivity and Investment Patterns

Publication Date: January, 2012

This chapter reassesses agricultural productivity growth in South Africa. It finds that the statistical reporting of South African agriculture was heavily influenced by the country's past racial policies.

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

Publication Date: December, 2011

"This paper analyzes the large, dam-based and small-scale irrigation investment potential in Africa based on agronomic, hydrologic, and economic factors. We find significant profitable irrigation potential for both small-scale and large-scale systems."

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.

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.

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?

Emerging Food Security Challenges

Publication Date: January, 2011

In this chapter, we review the worldwide patterns of agricultural productivity growth and developments in agricultural R&D investments and institutions, with particular attention to Australia in that context, and draw inferences for policy.

Food Commodity Prices in the Long Run: The Crucial Role of Agricultural Research and Productivity

Publication Date: December, 2010

Over the past 50 years and longer, the supply of food commodities has grown faster than the effective market demand, in spite of increasing population and per capita incomes.

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