Funding of Agricultural Research and Development in Ghana: The Case of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Author(s): Roland Asare & George Owusu Essegbey


Globally estimated that in the next fifty years food production should be increased more than that for the past 10,000 years due to conditions such as limited arable land, water resources, population increase. Climate change, (Global Harvest Initiative,2011). Achievement could only be made with investment into
Agriculture research. For this reason AU in 2003 propose annual agricultural productivity by 6 percent over the next 20 years. To this end, it called for an investment in agriculture research. In Ghana agriculture is the mainstay of the economy and its performance have direct effect on other sectors. Contribute to job creation, poverty reduction, improve livelihood food security etc underscored on the global adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Goal 2. As an investment, it has been shown again and again to deliver high returns, in terms of both financial benefits and broader livelihood impacts. Serious concern raised about the increasing decline in funding investment agricultural R&D activities in Ghana in spite of increase in public agricultural R&D spending over the past decade. Necessitated this study to understand the underlying factors.

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