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)
- 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.
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.