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Title:The Role of Private Sector Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa: A Case Study of Sugarcane
Author:Donovan, P.A.
Periodical:African Rural and Urban Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:agricultural development
agricultural research
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Abstract:Public support of agricultural research and development (R&D) is under stress in many countries in southern Africa, and many governments and donors are raising questions about the feasibility of privatizing agricultural research. Using the model of the South African Sugar Association's Experiment Station, this paper makes a case for the privatization of agricultural commodity R&D in southern Africa. A history of agricultural R&D is followed by an examination of private agricultural R&D in Africa in the fields of tea and tobacco. In this respect, attention is also paid to the Agricultural Research Trust of Zimbabwe. Next, the paper deals with the South African Sugar Association's Experiment Station (Mount Edgecombe, South Africa), which started operations in 1925. It discusses its establishment, early policy decisions, funding, mission and objectives, management and culture, and costs and returns on R&D. In conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of private-sector R&D are examined. Bibliogr., notes.