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Review and analysis of documented patterns of agricultural research impacts in Southeast Asia

Mywish Maredia and David Raitzer

Agricultural Systems, 2012, vol. 106, issue 1, 46-58

Abstract: Based on a comprehensive search and review of the literature, 42 studies are identified for in-depth review and analysis of documented impacts of agricultural research from 1959 to 2009. This body of evidence is subjected to a systematic, quantitative scrutiny for the coverage and type of impact to derive patterns, gaps and trends in documented impacts of research in the subregion. The analysis offers compelling evidence that past investments in agricultural research in the region have been productive. In so doing, the study also reveals some persistent patterns and identifies a number of gaps between investments and documented impacts. Strikingly, the benefits are principally derived from rice improvement research, which has generated 86% of total documented benefits in the Southeast Asia region over the past five decades. In comparison with rice improvement research, evidence of impacts in other areas such as natural resource management and other commodities is minor. This suggests that there is considerably more certainty about the ability of rice research, particularly genetic improvement, to generate impact than is the case for other research foci.

Keywords: Southeast Asia; Agricultural research; Impact assessment; Benefit–cost analysis; Net present value; Priority setting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2011.10.011

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