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Monitoring Agricultural Research Investments, capacity and impact in South East Asia and the Pacific

This project aims to reduce the knowledge and information gap on the inputs, performance, and outcomes of agricultural research systems in South East Asia and the Pacific and to build a solid foundation for the long-term monitoring of agricultural research investment and capacity.
Agricultural research drove the enormous increases in food production in Southeast Asia during the twentieth century. Ensuring agricultural productivity growth and food security in the coming decades-especially in light of climate change-will require sustained investment in agricultural research. Agricultural research stakeholders need reliable and up-to-date quantitative data.
Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) is the leading program globally that compiles, analyses, and publishes data on agricultural research systems in developing countries. ASTI datasets are up-to-date and of high quality for most developing regions around the world, but its most recent complete set of data for Southeast Asia is from 2003.
The project will guide agricultural research investment decisions, including ACIAR's, which will spend more than $50 million AUD supporting research projects in the region during 2016/2017.
Stakeholder engagement and ownership is critical to found a system whereby countries accept the long-term responsibility for updating datasets, preparing national syntheses and analyses, and disseminating the results. In-country capacity building, continuous engagement by the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) with heads/Director-Generals of National Agricultural Research Institutes, and building strategic partnerships with regional organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are essential to ensure long-term institutionalization of this project.