Journal Article: Building Twenty-first Century Agricultural Research and Extension Capacity in Africa

By: T. S. Jayne, Shamie Zingore, Amadou Ibra Niang, Cheryl Palm and Pedro Sanchez

This study explores the effectiveness of international efforts to build the capacities of national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) in Africa and proposes actions to improve the performance of these systems. Analysis draws on agricultural research expenditure data in Africa, Asia and Latin America and key informant interviews of 26 senior representatives of international and African research organisations. We conclude that donors and international partners have increased the supply of professional African scientists while contributing relatively little to the institutional capacities of African NARES. We propose a transition to what we call a twenty-first century African-led agricultural research system and identify actions to manifest it.

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