Science-Metrix was contracted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to perform a bibliometric assessment of roughly 130 research projects funded by the Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF). These projects were carried out at 17 international agricultural research centers (IARCs) between 2001 and 2019. The study had the following aims:
The assessment used close to 900 peer-reviewed publications produced by BEAF-supported projects and indexed in Scopus. A data set of publications on agricultural research for development was created to capture information on leading research organizations in the thematic space of greatest relevance to BEAF. For example, this data set was used to identify the 15 most publishing research institutions in agricultural research for development as well as the relevant publications of an additional 15 institutions identified by GIZ staff as sharing similar priorities to BEAF. Other publications by the IARCs, not funded by BEAF, were also used for comparison purposes. For the cost-effectiveness analysis, research projects funded by the European Commission’s Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP7 and H2020) were used to contextualize BEAF’s figures, more so than to offer a robust benchmark. The study’s key findings were as follows:
Read the report here [PDF].
Read an interview about the project with Raphael Nawrotzki (GIZ) and David Campbell (Science-Metrix).
For more information about GIZ, see here.
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