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This study, which examines the role of public–private partnerships in internationalagricultural research, is intended to provide policymakers, research managers, andbusiness decision-makers with an understanding of how such partnerships operate andhow they potentially contribute to food security and poverty reduction in developingcountries.The study examines public–private partnerships in light of persistent marketfailure, institutional constraints, and systemic weaknesses, which impede the exchange ofpotentially pro-poor knowledge and technology. The study focuses on three key issues:whether public–private partnerships contribute to reducing the cost of research, whetherthey add value to research by facilitating innovation, and whether they enhance theimpact of research on smallholders and other marginalized groups in developing-countryagriculture.The study examines 75 projects undertaken by the research centers and programsof the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in partnershipwith various types of private firms. Data and information were obtained throughdocument analysis, semi-structured interviews with key informants, and an email surveyof CGIAR centers. The resulting analysis provides a characterization of public–privatepartnerships in the CGIAR and describes the factors that contribute to their success.These finding are important to improving both public policy and organizational practicesin the international agricultural research system.

Keywords: Agricultural R&D ; CGIAR ; innovation ; public–private partnerships

Subject(s): Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 2007

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

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Total Pages: 84

Series Statement: IFPRI Discussion Paper


Record appears in: CGIAR > International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) > IFPRI Discussion Papers

Autor: Spielman, David J. ; Hartwich, Frank ; von Grebmer, Klaus


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