Science, Technology and Innovation

Investments in agricultural research for development: Are we on the right track?

When: 19 October 2022 | 11:00 – 12:45 hrs (CEST)

Where: Mexico Room

Modality: Hybrid


Investments in agricultural research remains extremely low, especially in low- and lower-middle-income countries. For every 100 dollars of agricultural GDP, only between 34 and 72 cents are being spent on agricultural research and development. The investment is uneven, as very few high-income countries were responsible for almost 60 percent while spending in low-income countries was just 2 percent of the global total. Investing in agricultural research for development is critical to address the growing global and local problems affecting agrifood systems. A large number of evidence-based studies have demonstrated that investments in agricultural research can yield substantial economic and social benefits. They have also been shown to deliver beneficial impacts on the environment and natural resources management. Investments in agricultural research and development will be essential if farmers worldwide are to successfully overcome the tremendous challenges they will face now and in the coming decades. This special event will provide a global overview of the current situation regarding investments in agricultural research for development and future demand and prospects.

The session will be online through Airmeet platform that participants could access. The speakers will join the zoom link. The session will be available through webcast and UNWebTV. 


11:00 – 11:05

Introduction by the moderator

Dr Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature

11:05- 11:10


Dr Qu Dongyu
Director-General, FAO








Setting the stage

Dr. Kanayo Felix Nwanze
Chairman and Chief Executive,

Keynote speech:
Investments in agricultural research for development

Dr Robert Bertram
Chief Scientist, USAID

11:30 – 12:20
















Moderated panel discussion

Dr Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature

Prof. Philip Pardey
Director, International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center, University of Minnesota Minneapolis

Dr Gert-Jan Stads
Senior Program Manager International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dr Keith Fuglie
Senior Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Prof. Martin Kropff 
CGIAR Global Director of the Resilient Agri-food Systems Science Area (RAFS) CGIAR System Management Office

Ms Kerstin Rosenow
Head of Unit Research and Innovation, European Commission

Dr Cristina Alonso Alija
Senior Vice President, Head of Safety, Health, and Environment at Bayer

12:20 – 12:40

Q&A Session


Summary of key messages and recommendations

Dr Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature