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Receptivity to social research by the CGIAR

Kassam, A. H. (2006) Receptivity to social research by the CGIAR. Experimental Agriculture, 42 (2). pp. 217-228. ISSN 0014-4797

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0014479705003388


This paper analyses the way the CGIAR system has incorporated social research in its agenda. Since 1995, the social science staff capacity in the CGIAR has decreased by 24%, and the overall balance of social science research is still significantly tilted away from the core germplasm enhancement, production systems/natural resources management, and technology adoption work - the 'bread and butter' of technology generation and development effort - toward ex-ante and ex-post activities, Further, the bulk of the social science research has low social research content despite the significant expansion of the CGIAR initial goal of increasing the proverbial pile of rice' to poverty alleviation and sustainable food security. The paper concludes that a concerted effort is now required to mainstream social research in the CGIAR system, and this cannot occur without the full support of the CGIAR donors, the CGIAR senior managers, and the centre boards and executive staff.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8767

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