[CAPE TOWN] The amount of money that Sub-Saharan African countries spend annually on agricultural research and development (R&D) rose by 20 per cent between 2001 and 2008, according to a study. But while some countries have been spending more, others are losing ground.
And, worryingly, Africa's scientific workforce is becoming less well-educated, with the proportion of researchers who have only Bachelor's degrees increasing dramatically in recent years.
The findings are presented in a report published this week (7 April) by Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute.
The report, 'African Agricultural R&D in the New Millennium: Progress for Some, Challenges for Many', surveyed agricultural R&D spending in more than 300 institutions across 32 Sub-Saharan African countries that account for more than 90 per cent of the region's agricultural gross domestic product (GDP).