This review on the impact of capacity strengthening of agricultural
research systems for development was commissioned by DFID and was linked
to a process of documenting outcomes from the project Strengthening
Capacity for Agricultural Research for Development in Africa (SCARDA).
SCARDA provided support to twelve research and education institutes in
ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa to assist them to enhance their
performance in carrying out demand-led and high-quality agricultural
More than 33,500 references were screened for their relevance; 73
publications were eventually selected for the systematic review.
This report contains the following sections. Chapter 1 provides
background information and gives a brief overview of the capacity needs
identified for sub-Saharan Africa. Chapter 2 explains the methodology of
the systematic review. Chapter 3 discusses the synthesis of results from
the systematic review, and is structured around the research questions.
Chapter 4 discusses the conclusions and implications. The appendices
contain detailed information on the results of the literature searches
and summary tables of the publications included in the systematic
Posthumus, H.; Martin, A.; Chancellor, T. A systematic review on the impacts of capacity strengthening of agricultural research systems for development and the conditions of success. EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK (2013) iv + 168 pp. ISBN 978-1-907345-46-3
A systematic review on the impacts of capacity strengthening of agricultural research systems for development and the conditions of success.