Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, October 1, 2012

Donor methods to prioritise investments in agricultural research and development

With increasing global demand for nutritious and safe food, it is widely recognized that agricultural research needs additional resources in order to achieve the necessary improvements in agricultural productivity.

Donors have to split their limited development resources between research and non-research activities.

But which criteria do donors use when they allocate their budgets?

This Platform synthesis paper presents a set of tools and methods that are presently used to prioritise the selection of research projects.

The comparative analysis of various donor approaches can help promote collaboration and mutual learning. The paper provides:
· A summary of academic work
· Case studies of how priorities have been assessed
· Knowledge on how to articulate these processes into existing programming mechanisms

Platform policy brief summarising the synthesis paper’s main strategies and recommendations for decision-makers

The authors welcome your comments on this publication so please feel free to contact them at any time, leave feedback on the website or use the Twitter hashtag #platformpaper.

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