Thursday, November 18, 2010

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future

The ASTI-FARA conference will take place in Accra, Ghana from December 5-7, 2011 on the theme of Agricultural R & D: Investing in Africa’s Future.

For the conference, ASTI/IFPRI and FARA are currently requesting proposals for 15 to 20 invited/commissioned papers on the topic of agricultural R&D developments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals must address one or more of the following themes (examples of possible topics are provided in parentheses after each theme):

  1. Levels and Stability of Agricultural R&D Investments
    (for example, broader agricultural investment strategies, investment and productivity growth, the implications of funding volatility, alternative funding mechanisms)
  2. Human Resource Development
    (for example, human capital and R&D system performance, incentivizing scientists in public R&D systems, staff retention and capacity strengthening)
  3. Aligning and Rationalizing Institutional Structures
    (for example, expanded roles for national, regional, and international R&D organizations and related non-R&D institutions; addressing the “small country” problem; S&T policies to strengthen private R&D and technology transfer; the private sector’s role in innovation; public–private partnerships)
  4. Measuring and Improving the Effectiveness of R&D Systems
    (for example, setting priorities in public R&D systems, metrics for monitoring performance, the implications of shifting the focus of R&D)

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2011



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