How is funding for agricultural research, development and extension allocated, and what types of agriculture are prioritized? Funding flows from governments, donors, and private companies have a major impact in shaping food and farming pathways, particularly in developing countries. Despite its promise and proven relevance at practical level, research and development related to agroecology does not appear to have received a commensurate share of research funding. Modes of research are also stuck in dominant paradigms, placing little emphasis on co-production of knowledge with farmers or on interdisciplinarity. Attention must therefore be urgently paid to the way that research priorities are shaped.
IPES-Food is working with partner organizations to capture and analyze the money flows in food systems, and the broader political economy of agricultural research.