Little Agricultural Research in Central America

Only Costa Rica has an "well developed agricultural research system" in a region that "has lagged behind in terms of infrastructure, investment and research capabilities."

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

From a statement issued by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture:

San Jose, October 26, 2016 (IICA). The investment that some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have made in agricultural research has progressively increased in recent years, however, there are considerable differences with other countries in the region: some have investments of up to 1.8% of Real Agricultural Domestic Product (PIBag), but others invest only 0, 1%.

Brazil, for example, outperforms all countries with highly qualified researchers and world class infrastructure.  Others such as Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Uruguay also have well - developed systems of agricultural research, but the nations of Central America, the Caribbean and some in the Andean have been left behind in terms of infrastructure, investment and research capacities.

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