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Key Trends Since 2000
- Zambia's historical trend of declining public agricultural research and development (R&D) investments continued during 2001-08 due to weakened government and donor support.
- The country's agricultural research capacity also deteriorated during 2001-06, both in terms of numbers of full-time equivalent researchers and levels of educational qualifications. This can largely be attributed to a government-sector hiring freeze during 2002-07, after which staff numbers once again began to rise, but predominantly in the category of junior (BSc-qualified) …
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Agricultural production is then disaggregated into these five …