Investment in public agricultural research in South Africa: a critical review of the evidence

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.M.Sithole, G.Kruss, N.Vlotman, C.Moses, N.le Roux
KEYWORDS: AGRICULTURE, INVESTMENT, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D)
DEPARTMENT: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTii)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10787

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Abstract

This policy brief concerns an investigation into trends of public-sector investment in agricultural R&D in South Africa. The evidence suggests that, unlike the positive shift in other middle-income countries, public investment in agricultural R&D in South Africa is lagging behind and may even be declining. Strategies to increase investment in order to contribute to and stimulate the scale of R&D so urgently required are therefore proposed.