Table of Contents

1. Overview

Agricultural Research is the fourth of the four pillars of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP). Visit

The aim in identifying new and emerging technologies in the South African context is not only to increase global competitiveness, but also to ensure household food security and to assist the developing farmers in entering the mainstream.

Agriculture, being a primary industry, supports many other industries roughly to the ratio of 1:1,6 regarding job opportunities. Apart from food security, it is a catalyst for the alleviation of poverty and economic growth generally.

Source: National Agricultural Research and Development Strategy 2008, which can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website, 


2. International business environment

Some role players:


The Americas

Asia and Australia



Several United Nations agencies are role players in the area of Science and Research, and also have a presence in South Africa. Visit These include United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

  • AGORA Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture –
  • ASTI Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators –
  • CABI Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International –
  • CGIAR The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research The website is an excellent orientation to groupings and research publications worldwide.
  • CIAT International Centre for Tropical Agriculture –
  • CIMMYT Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre) –
  • CIP International Potato Centre –
  • CIRAD Agricultural Research for Developing Countries (French) –
  • CTA Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation –
  • ELDIS – a service for searching resources on African agricultural research –
  • ESASTAP European South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme –