Knowledge for Development

Private-Sector Perceptions of Public Agricultural Research: A Case Study in Costa Rica

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Date: 28/12/2004

Introduction:

ISNAR Briefing Paper 67, 2003. by F. Hartwich et al. The study analyzed how private agribusinesses in Costa Rica perceive public agricultural research organizations and universities. If public research organizations are to form effective partnerships with private companies with regard to technological innovation, they must be more proactive in providing service and show that they are capable of responding to companies' demands, under agreed ownership arrangements. However, forming such partnerships should not become an overriding aim: public research organizations should only consider collaborating with, and rendering services to, private institutions when to do so is compatible with the public interest.

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