There is no place like home - why are there so few Swedish scientists in the international research institutes on agriculture and agroforestry?

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Sweden contributes large amounts annually to the Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research Organizations (CGIAR Fund), an important body for international Agriculture research. some SEK 80 milion was provided in 1998 alone. But surprisingly few swedish scientists work in International Agriculture Research. Swedish Universities have chosen the home ground and have little organized collaboration with the CGIAR Fund. There is need to change this situation. A policy for international research collaboration is needed between the universities, particularly SLU and there is need for clearer career pathway for students with international interest. Only then can Sweden's financial contribution be matched by action by Swedish scientist in the future.

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