IFPRI's Agricultural Science and Technology Indica­tors (ASTI) is the main source of statistics on agricultural research in low- and middle-income countries. Working with country-level collaborators, ASTI conducts surveys to collect data from government agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and private for-profit companies involved in agricultural research. ASTI publishes quantitative and qualitative information and identifies trends in funding sources, spending levels and allocations, and human resource capacities.

The ASTI website offers additional indicators--including national-level timeseries data on researcher capacity by qualification level, age bracket, and commodity--as well as a detailed breakdown of agricultural research investment by funding source and cost category.

A recent example of regional level stocktaking is the ASTI synthesis report on Africa (2014). New quantitative evidence demonstrates that agricultural research spending and human resource capacity are concentrated in only a few African countries. Low salary levels create a high researcher turnover, and a large share of current researchers are approaching retirement.

ASTI also offers one of the few sex-disaggregated data sources on agricultural researchers in developing countries. Fewer than one out of four researchers is a woman, although large differences exist across countries. The share of women employed in agricultural research and development has been increasing in most countries, but their share disproportionately declines on the higher rungs of the career ladder.

Note: all data mapped above exclude private for-profit spending and researchers.

For the entire dataset and more information, go to ASTI

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