Public agricultural R&D over the past half century: An emerging new world order

Philip G Pardey, Julian M. Alston, Connie Chan-Kang

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Recent trends in farm productivity and food prices raise concerns about whether the era of global agricultural abundance is over. Agricultural R&D is a crucial determinant of agricultural productivity and production, and therefore food prices and poverty. In this article, we present entirely new evidence on investments in public agricultural R&D worldwide as an indicator of the prospects for agricultural productivity growth over the coming decades. The agricultural R&D world is changing, and in ways that will definitely affect future global patterns of poverty, hunger, and other outcomes. The overall picture is one in which the middle-income countries are growing in relative importance as producers of agricultural innovations through investments in R&D, and have consequently better prospects as producers of agricultural products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalAgricultural Economics (United Kingdom)
Issue numberSUPPL1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Africa
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Innovation
  • Long-term trends
  • Public research spending
  • Technical change
  • United States


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