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HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN PLANT PATHOLOGY -A VIEW FROM THE SOUTH


CYRUS NDIRITU
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, P.O. Box 57811, Nairobi, Kenya

Human capital investment and professional development in plant pathology urgently needs to be accelerated in countries of the South, where 90 percent of the future global population will reside. Today, only 5 percent of global scientists live and work in the South and 95 percent live and work in the countries of the North. Similarly, of total global scientific R & D resources, only 4 percent is spent in the South compared with 96 percent in the North. The global plant pathology community should consider sponsoring creative initiatives that will build strong institutional linkages between plant pathology establishments in the North and South, to ensure the sharing of knowledge and professional development. Particular attention should be focused on building more effective aid-sponsored projects between the North and the South that will contribute to capacity building in plant pathology in national programmes in developing countries.