Beyond ?the major growing areas? ? targeting Pigeonpea research to maximize global impact uri icon

abstract

  • The agricultural sector remains the driving force in most of the developing world and thereby the major factors affecting the livelihoods of the global populationespecially those that are food insecure. Agricultural research is one of the most important means to reduce food insecurity and elevate the living standards of the rural,but also urban poor. Investments in agricultural research aim at improving the wellbeing of farmers andconsumers by reducing costs, increasing output, improving product qualityor introducing new products (Arndtet al. 1977).Making these improved technologies available to the people who need them and who can utilize them is one of the core parts of the workin agricultural research for development. Therefore,it is important to recognize where a newly developed technology is likely to be applicable as the technologies developed generate new knowledge which could disseminate far beyond the location where the research is conducted and even beyond the location the research targeted. Based on the global mandate of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to produce international public goods, the global applicability and dissemination of technologies developed is of crucial importance to fulfill its mission.With limited distribution of released varieties beyond country boundaries, this work provides the basis for increasing the limited utilization of the benefits that could emerge from the applicability of crops beyond country and ecoregion boundaries. This ex-anteassessment of the global distribution of welfare benefits

publication date

  • 2013