The report by researchers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says donor dependency and funding volatility remain critical in many countries. "It is critical that African countries invest more in agricultural research to ensure that they can feed their populations," said Nienke Beintema, head of Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) program led by IFPRI. He said underinvestment, inadequate human resource capacity, poor research infrastructure, and a lack of coherent policies continue to constrain the quantity and quality of research outputs in many countries. Like in other parts of Africa, agriculture, mainly powered by smallholder farmers, is a major source of employment and foreign exchange. Civil society groups in Kenya have been demanding the implementation of a promise made by AU ministers in 2003 (Maputo Declaration) to raise allocation to agriculture to at least 10 percent of national budgets. The report said that African governments and research agencies are limited in their choice of options to address many challenges they face in developing their agricultural research systems because of funding constraints. The report finds that, although agricultural research and development spending and human resource capacity has grown considerably in the region since 2000, it was concentrated in only a few African countries. According to the report, female scientists remain grossly underrepresented in agricultural research and development, despite the fact that they are in a unique position to effectively address the pressing challenges facing African farmers, the majority of whom are female.

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Data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.3 per cent in the quarter ended September 30, 2014, as against 5.7 per cent growth clocked in the first quarter of the fiscal. This is almost in line with the 5.2 per cent growth recorded in the second quarter last fiscal. In a worrying development for the government, which has announced a slew of policies to attract investments including the Make in India campaign, gross fixed capital formation (GFCE) a barometer of investment activity did not register any growth in the second quarter of the fiscal. GFCE, which grew 7.2 per cent in the first quarter expanded by only 0.01 per cent in the second quarter. The data is the last set of inputs for the RBI ahead of its monetary policy review on December 2.

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Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. Its the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.


Taking a generally free market, libertarian perspective, I use economics as the lens to analyze government policies from the local to the international level. I have a particular focus on government policies that strive to redistribute income or wealth either openly or in indirect ways. A lot of those thoughts are collected in my e-book, Ending the Era of the Free Lunch.

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