16. Agricultural research networks as development tools: views of a network coordinator.
Copublication of the Int. Development Research Ottawa, (IDRC), Canada and the Int. Crops Res. Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; India; ISBN 92-9066-205-0, 1991, 108 pp., LDC: USD 7.50, HDL: USD 18.30
An Agricultural Research Network (ARNET) is a cluster of scientists or institutions linked together by a common interest in working dependently or interdependently on an identified shared problem or problems. ARNETs are popular with agricultural research scientists, administrators, and donors as tools to strengthen the research capability of national agricultural research systems (NARSs) and to identify, address, and solve farmers' problems.
An effective network will overcome isolation, facilitate sharing of research information and ideas, help reduce unnecessary duplication, provide the critical mass of effort needed to give quick answers to pressing problems, and hasten scientific breakthroughs.
ARNETs have five important components: membership, research, coordination, communication, and assets.
Networks are dynamic and responsive to changing needs in agricultural systems.
There are many types of ARNETs depending on the problems that need to be addressed, the membership and its requirements, the extent of coordination available or needed, the research strategy developed, and the assets available.
The author shares in this book the results of his search to understand the workings, benefits, costs, and pitfalls of networks and he provides information from his own experience and that of others to help those wishing to organize and operate ARNETs.
This book is highly recommended for all those working in international development.
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Farming systems research and development
Review, book, economics, price distorsions, market intervention, protection measures, income gap measures, aggregation, sensitivity, domestic resource costs, policy relevance, FAO
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