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Abstract

ACIAR in Africa - an assessment.

Abstract

An assessment is presented of 11 Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR) sponsored projects in Africa, suggesting that there is a good level of return on the initial investments. The paper presents a brief analysis of these 11 projects by categorizing them into four groups according to their cost. The projects cover a range of agricultural research: improving dryland crop and forage production in the semi-arid tropics, particularly Kenya; using Australian trees and shrubs to provide benefits for people as well as the land in sub-Saharan Africa; the control of ticks and tick-borne diseases; and developing a low-cyanide cassava plant. The conclusion discusses the benefit to cost ratio, and other information is presented on the benefits to Australia.