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Total agricultural researchers
(FTEs)
Total agricultural research spending
(Million constant 2011 PPP dollars)

Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators

Trends in Agricultural R&D in Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo - A farmer in Colombia's Nariño Department checks his coffee bushes. Neil Palmer CIAT photos

Since 2000, the LAC region has recorded rapid growth in agricultural research spending and capacity. Brazil outperforms every other country with its highly qualified research staff and world class research infrastructure and outputs. Countries with less developed agricultural research systems are increasingly falling behind in terms of infrastructure, investment levels, and capacity. Read the report.

Supporting a fresh perspective on agricultural research and development in Nigeria

Nigeria has long been heavily dependent on oil to drive its economy. But with today’s historically low oil prices, its economy is suffering and its leaders are looking towards other sources of revenue. With Nigeria’s abundant natural resources and potential, agriculture is an obvious choice. An ASTI delegation recently visited key partners in Nigeria, where discussions quickly turned to the renewed emphasis on agricultural research and the plans for reforming the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). Visit the blog.

Benchmarking tools for
SSA,
WANA, AND LAC

Benchmarking SSA

Tools allow for cross-country comparisons and rankings of key spending and researcher indicators in Africa south of the Sahara, Latin America and the Caribbean, and West Asia and North Africa.

Latest interactive country pages

New Country pages

Pages feature national agricultural researcher capacity, investment, and institutional indicators and trends.