Making science work for development

Understanding the UK agricultural research contribution to international development and food security: Historical perspectives and future opportunities

Changes in priorities in research funding for UK agricultural research for development over the last decade have led to concerns from a number of stakeholders.  The perceived decline in funding was considered to be impacting on the UK’s capability to sustain its own agriculture research for development science base and contribute to commitments of food security and international development. 

This report was produced to inform the board of the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences of the situation and it has also provided detailed knowledge to the Food Research Partnership’s evaluation led by Sir John Beddington, the Chief Scientist, of the importance of UK collaboration with international organisations to global food security.