Number crunch

Today, the GCARD Global Author Team, led by Uma Lele, will present their flagship report Transforming agricultural research for development. They were charged with creating a report that “sets out the partnerships, mechanisms, innovative pathways and investments needed to translate the products of agricultural research into larger and quicker development impacts”.

What did they find? Here are some of the key numbers highlighted in the report.

1 billion people worldwide still lack basic food security.

95-97% of the food insecure and poor live in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

150 million hectares worldwide could potentially be brought into agriculture.

7-20 years is how long it takes for agricultural research to impact in the field.

90% of agricultural research for development in the developing world is funded through public money.

US$16.4 billion funding for public agricultural research and development for developing countries is needed by 2025, according to the CGIAR strategic results framework (up from current US$5.1 billion)

US$20 billion was pledged by G8 for agriculture (including agricultural research) from 2009-2011

53% of developing countries’ public agricultural research and development undertaken in just five nations (China, India, Brazil, Thailand and South Africa).

US$1 billion was put into the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) 2009 budget—nearly twice all that year’s funding for the CGIAR.

1.5% is the recommended proportion of agricultural GDP that developing countries must commit to R&D.

4-5% of total public expenditure on agricultural research worldwide is represented by the CGIAR.

Sian Lewis
Commisioning editor, SciDev.Net

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