Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators
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ASTI provides open-access data and analysis on agricultural research investment and capacity in low- and middle-income countries as well as benchmarking tools that allow for tracking the performance of national agricultural R&D systems. ASTI indicators cover agricultural research spending and volatility of spending, as well as the number of researchers, PhD qualified researchers, and women researchers. Data is collected through surveys on R&D investments, human capacities, and institutional structures, in cooperation with a large network of country-level collaborators. Policy makers recognize that increased investment in agricultural R&D is key to increasing agricultural productivity. Globally, investment in agricultural R&D is shifting from the developed countries to the developing countries.