Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Feed the Future Learning Agenda Literature Review: Improving Research and Development

Date Published: 
September 18, 2013
The stated aim of Feed the Future is to tackle the root causes of global hunger and poverty through inclusive agriculture sector growth and improved nutritional status. This paper summarizes available evidence that relates to key questions for the Feed the Future Learning Agenda theme on improving research and development (R&D).
The paper examines available evidence on the impact of investing in agricultural R&D as a means of fostering agricultural growth, reducing poverty and enhancing food security and nutrition. It also highlights areas where evidence gaps on impacts of investing in R&D are most visible.
The two key questions addressed are:
1. What partnership mechanisms are most productive, efficient, effective and sustainable for carrying out agricultural research to positively benefit resource-poor farmers and food security?
2. Which R&D programs have had an impact on the policy or enabling environment?
After reviewing evidence and gaps relating to these two questions, other major evidence gaps on impacts of investing in agricultural R&D are briefly discussed.