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How can the poor benefit from private investment in agricultural research? A case study from Bolivia

How can the poor benefit from private investment in agricultural research? A case study from Bolivia

Marr, Ana and Chancellor, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-4442-7001 (2005) How can the poor benefit from private investment in agricultural research? A case study from Bolivia. Development in Practice, 15 (3 & 4). pp. 325-336. ISSN 0961-4524 (Print), 1364-9213 (Online) (doi:10.1080/09614520500076043)

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Abstract

This article evaluates potential mechanisms for facilitating increased private-sector engagement in agricultural research for development and technology transfer (ARDTT), with particular emphasis on Bolivia. It reviews the mixed results of efforts, in developed and developing countries alike, to decentralise ARDTT and to encourage private-sector investment. Potential mechanisms for Bolivia are considered within three broad categories: taxation schemes; co-funding arrangements; and output-based approaches. The constraints to participation in ARDTT by the private sector that arise from concerns over high transaction costs, intellectual property rights, and the legal and regulatory environment are also assessed. The article concludes that compliance, or a hybrid of compliance and a competitive co-funding scheme, is most suited to Bolivia's needs. A flexible approach to intellectual property rights systems is required, although it remains a challenge to identify appropriate taxation regimes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: poor, private investment, agricultural research, Bolivia
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 15:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3266

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