Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality

On 24th April 2013, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the report Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality authored by University of Minnesota researchers…

New measures for global spillover potential presented in the report include:

  • Agro-technological distances – identifying global similarities in agro ecologies and global similarities in agricultural production
  • Cumulative home-grown knowledge stocks, by region and country
  • Potential spill-in leverage versus world share of knowledge stock, by country

The following data-sets contributed to this analysis:

  • Developed countries’ contributions to agricultural R&D

  • Global productivity growth trends (how much of R&D is going towards productivity growth, and how much is dedicated to other areas)

  • Public and private contributions to global R&D and productivity growth

  • Total spending on science-related R&D (looking beyond just agricultural R&D to other sciences, in recognition that there are spillovers from other types of R&D investments)

Source:  Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality.  by Agriculture for Impact


diana buja‘s insight:
  •  How technology-driven is this report? …
  • What are “home-grown knowledge stocks”?…
  • Is this ‘just another desk-study’?

A lot of questions here, and have downloaded to read and think about more carefully.  The document’s principal author is out of the IFPRI stable (International Food Policy Research Institute), with which I collaborated on a long-term study of grain and dairy production, processing and marketing in Egypt.  So I do have a certain working understanding of the framework within which IFPRI assessments are situated.

The earth as seen from Apollo 17.  Source: Wikipedia

The earth as seen from Apollo 17. Source: Wikipedia

Minor note – pictures of traditional locals with cell phones (as on the cover of the report, above) seems the new-wave method of juxtaposing tradition with modernity; that they somehow can become comfortable bed-fellows.

About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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