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International research collaborations in agriculture

Cakir, M. and McHenry, M.P. (2014) International research collaborations in agriculture. In: Cacioppo, L., (ed.) Environmental and Agricultural Research Summaries. Volume 1. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, USA.

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Globalisation in science and innovation is progressing rapidly. Addressing the growing complexity of evolving challenges such as climate change, animal and human health issues, food security and biosecurity within a globalised context will require the application of past experience from international collaborative research. Less-developed nations are now expected to establish programs for improving agricultural productivity while supporting international research initiatives, provide further support for existing ones, and improve their global engagement in agricultural research and education. This chapter aims to outline key strategies for developing international collaborations towards sustainable development of agricultural systems.

Emerging economies, particularly in pan-Asia, and pan-Africa are increasingly attracting global networks for new international collaborations. This chapter highlights the nature of international collaborations, and outlines key agencies that may provide funding for collaborative research. Following a summary of global and national level benefits, we provide underpinning key drivers for international collaboration at the global, national, institutional and researcher level. Policy, human resource, and infrastructure developments are discussued as key strategies for enhancing international collaborations. The application of outlined strategies seek to assist, improve, and expand international research collaborations, particularly in less-developed countries with large agrarian populations, with the aim of forwarding sustainable development in agriculture.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
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