Which way now for agricultural research?
Farming is constantly changing. Equipment is being updated; farming methods are being improved to increase productivity. But behind many of these changes are the agricultural researchers. Their responsibility is to discover what farming practises work best in a given situation, and why. What's the best way to boost soil fertility on the farm? Is there a way of developing pest-resistant maize? These are the questions that researchers have asked over the years - and they have found some solutions. But Susanna Thorp asks what needs to happen next to improve agricultural research and development, and how renewed donor funding for agricultural development can be put to greater effect.
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