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New global assessment of agricultural R&D spending


Accelerated spending in agricultural research (Source: IFPRI, click here for the original and larger version).

The International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) have just published their new Global Assessment of Agricultural R&D Spending. As the report shows, global spending on agricultural R&D has increased by 22% during the period from 2000 to 2008, following a decade of weak spending growth during the 1990s.

Spending in developing countries as a whole has increased steadily, but this growth has been mainly driven by a few larger middle-income countries, such as China and India, while in a number of smaller countries spending has declined. In high-income countries, spending growth got slower during the past decade. Interestingly, however, the research intensity ratios, which relate agricultural R&D spending to agricultural GDP, have remained constant in developing countries but increased in high-income countries. The report provides some interesting explanations for this phenomenon.

In general, the report is a worthwhile reading. But unfortunately, the data analyzed ends with the year 2008. It will become very interesting to see in a future edition of the report whether the food price events of 2007/2008 and the recently rising food prices will have had an impact of spending on agricultural R&D.