Kenya

KENYA: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PUBLIC AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

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Kathleen Flaherty, Festus Murithi, Wellington Mulinge, and Esther Njuguna

Key Trends Since 2000

- Public agricultural research and development (R&D) expenditures in Kenya have varied from year to year largely because spending at the country's main agricultural research agency, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), has been affected by fluctuations in government and donor funding.

- Following a period of decline during the late 1990s, the number of agricultural researchers in Kenya has increased in recent years. This was the combined result of a merger of two institutes with KARI and the loosening of a general recruitment freeze that had been in place under the conditions of the structural adjustment programs.

- The overall institutional structure of agricultural R&D in Kenya changed to some extent, including the establishment of a few new government and higher education agencies.

- Government contributions remain the main funding source for KARI; donor funding averaged one-third of total funding during 2001-08; a smaller share than in the 1990s.

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