Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Why agricultural research matters - the aid perspective

An argument for agricultural research

Extending agricultural productivity is an important catalyst of broader economic growth. The benefits of investment in agricultural research can be substantial, as demonstrated by growth in Australian agriculture over the past four decades. Multifactor productivity growth (growth in output relative to the combined contributions of inputs) in Australian agriculture between 1974–75 and 2003–04 averaged 2.8% a year.

Productivity growth has accounted for the entire increase in output by the agricultural sector over the last thirty years and has produced sizeable benefits–an estimated productivity dividend of just over $170 billion (page 115 of 'Trends in Agriculture' Productivity Commission Research Paper 2005).

Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women's Day 2013

Today is International Women's Day.

Here at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) we're continually striving to take steps forward towards an integrated approach to gender in our projects. Addressing the gender disparities between women and men farmers in the developing world represents a significant development potential in itself.

An ACIAR project in Papua New Guinea is helping to increase women's business skills.
(Photo by Paul Jones)