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Subsequently, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) invited him to the World Food Prize gathering to present his comments on the draft USAID/BIFAD new HICD program which subsequently was published by African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development; Creating future leaders: BIFAD and USAID dialogue on human and institutional capacity.
2) Key policy, R&D, and HICD reforms left unattended as well as core public good investments (infrastructure, finance, SPS, and targeted safety net) greatly needed to compete and gain
Alarmingly, as revealed in my multi-country research for USAID, due to sustained neglect and inattention not only to R&D and related HICD needs but also to policy and strategic planning assistance, by the late 1990s, the EST process had stalled with the alarming evidence of agriculture's contribution to GDP actually increasing.
BIFAD's bold new initiative in HICD with particular emphasis on the "institutional side," provides the much needed comprehensive re-entry point and program intervention to advance new era support structures.
This program rationale helps program designers to frame the actual HICD Program.
While the university focus is of extraordinary importance as one important base, the HICD Review astutely notes the need to for extensive US university science and technology capacities to be linked with national systems and local producer and agribusiness services such that this effort could and should also impact upon the national systems.
While under FTF and building from earlier CRSP efforts, a broader range of product-specific science and technology networks have been established; however, as the HICD Review states, these fall short of today's more elevated and severe national needs.
Although the HICD Review highlights many earlier university-led experiences, we also know of many sub-optimal and non-sustainable partnerships due to limited funding, inattention to policy and/or institutional reforms, or changing USAID or country-level priorities.
All profess that the challenges, while formidable, must be confronted but hopefully buttressed by the appropriate knowledge and technical support and related HICD services they currently lack.
This HICD-led reform process is required to reduce farm-level risks and mobilize producer "sweat equity" and agribusiness investments, while at the same time, mobilizing national confidences for the much needed, but usually languishing national support base to invest in agriculture and HICD, to thereby begin to reduce traditional donor dependencies.
A demand-driven, multifaceted HICD service institution is needed