Innovation Investment Study

Estimating investment in innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification

What is the current state of investment in innovation in agriculture for the Global South, and how much of this funding promotes SAI? CoSAI has commissioned a study to investigate the sources and targets of these investments. Dalberg Advisors (India) has been selected as the winning candidate out of a very strong field to conduct this study.  

The study aims to review the recent flows of global public and private investment in agricultural innovation relevant to the Global South, develop a typology of the investments made and estimate how much of this investment promotes SAI. Here, the term ‘innovation’ includes institutional, policy and financial innovations as well as scientific and technological innovations. ‘SAI’ means the transformative changes in agriculture that are urgently required to meet rapidly-increasing global needs for affordable, nutritious, safe and healthy food, while protecting and improving the natural environment, and reducing poverty and social exclusion.  

The study is expected to include several case studies which may be specific to countries, major international funders, or themes. These will be decided in the inception phase of the report. CGIAR is one of the planned case studies.

The study will be presented to CoSAI Commissioners and other stakeholders as a basis for exploring opportunities for strengthening and reorienting investment in agricultural innovation to promote SAI.  It will give us a baseline against which to compare changes in funding in future. Our hypothesis is that most of the funding in innovation for agricultural systems is currently not promoting sustainable agricultural intensification, as CoSAI understands the term (see FAQ).  Where future priorities should lie is a lively topic of debate for CoSAI and our partners.  

The contract started on 23 July, with a kick-off meeting with the Oversight Committee.   It has an ambitious timeline with first results currently expected in mid October 2020, and final results by the end of the year.