Wednesday, 23 April 2008

DFID's Research Strategy on Sustainable Agriculture

The livelihoods of 75% of the world’s poor will continue to depend on agriculture for the foreseeable future. At the same time, rising food prices are likely to make problems of hunger and poverty worse for urban and rural people. Research that produces innovation in agriculture is therefore more important than ever for reducing poverty.

DFID has promised to double funding for research on agriculture, fisheries and forestry to £80 million a year by 2010. To meet that promise, DFID will continue to work on the research priorities in the 2006 Strategy for Research on Sustainable Agriculture. It will also focus on key emerging issues related to agriculture and natural resource management that fits its broader agenda of inclusive growth and climate change.

A Working Paper on Sustainable Agriculture provides more details of the approach to sustainable agriculture and the consultation process which helped to inform the Research Strategy.

DFID Senior Livelihoods Adviser John Barrett argues that investments in agricultural research will only payoff when they are "complemented by other policy reforms and investments."
"We need clear, sound policies to be in place, that support agriculture and rural development..."
He also explains some of the support DFID provides to the agriculrural and rural development sector in Africa.


Other information:
UK Secretary of State for
International Development,
Douglas Alexander