Returns to Policy-Oriented Agricultural Research: The Case of Barley Fertilization in Syria
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Mohamed Ahmed, Kamel Shideed, Ahmed Mazid. (21/8/2010). Returns to Policy-Oriented Agricultural Research: The Case of Barley Fertilization in Syria. World Development, 38 (10), pp. 1462-1472.
In 1984, ICARDA and its Syrian partners initiated farming systems research that led to a change in national fertilizer allocation policy. Evidence is assessed on the policy inﬂuence of the fertilizer-response research and on the impact of switching to a more inclusive policy that relaxed the government’s probation of fertilizer allocation to barley. Interviews with key informants make a persuasive case for attribution; estimates from economic surplus models are consistent with a high rate of return on investment in the policy-oriented research. This case study provides a contribution to the limited empirical literature on returns to research under policy distortions.