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Title:Processes and Methods for Research Programme Priority Setting: The Experience of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Wheat Programme
Authors:Mills, Bradford F.
Karanja, Daniel D.
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:agricultural research
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Abstract:As funding for agricultural research in developing countries becomes increasingly scarce, national research institutes must develop efficient processes for targeting available resources to meet client needs. This paper presents the application of a process for setting national commodity programme research priorities both spatially and by major research theme. The exercise is conducted in three phases with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Wheat Programme. First, a working group of Wheat Programme scientists develops a consensus on programme target zones as well as the potential for the generation and adoption of technologies in those zones. Second, the working group assumptions are combined with available economic data to develop 'ex ante' economic surplus measures of programme impact. Third, the results are presented to a larger group of programme stakeholders in order to review the working group assumptions, establish research priorities and then translate those priorities into guidelines for research managers on resource allocation decisions. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.