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Transformation of Agricultural Research Systems in Africa
Lessons from Kenya

On no other continent is the need for agricultural research greater than it is in Africa. Nowhere are the complexities of producing well- adapted agricultural technologies more binding, yet the basic institutions supporting agriculture are some of the weakest in the developing world. In Africa, the challenge of increasing food supply to keep pace with population growth and rising urban demand, of producing the agricultural technologies that will fuel that process, and of designing the basic institutions that will create and deliver these technologies, remains largely unfulfilled.
     Transformation of Agricultural Research Systems in Africa: Lessons from Kenya analyzes Kenya’s experiences in transforming its Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) over time. Kenya was chosen because it is the third largest agricultural research system in sub-Saharan Africa, and it has been reorganized to make it more efficient in serving the needs of small- scale farms in national, regional, and global markets. The authors are highly seasoned professionals with years of experience in crafting institutional innovations. This case study can be used to draw implications for other research systems in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Publication Date: September 30th, 2004
438 pages| 7 in x 10 in
Cyrus Ndiritu became the Director-General of ISNAR in 2003. Dr. Ndiritu, a Kenyan, comes to ISNAR with a long experience of national and sub-regional agricultural research institutions in Africa, having served in key CGIAR positions (Member of former Technical Advisory Committee, Oversight Committee, and CIMMYT Board of Trustees). For 11 years (1989-2000) he was Director of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). In addition, he helped found ASARECA and the new Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

John K. Lynam is associate Director of the Food Security Division, Rockefeller Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya. He is author of The Cassava Transformation and an editor of Transformation of Educational Research Systems.

Adiel Nkonge Mbabu is technical officer for planning at ASARECA in Kampala, Uganda.

$29.95 USD
ISBN: 9780870137396

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