Agricultural Biotechnology in International Development
By: C. Ives (editor), Bruce Bedford (editor)Hardback
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Obtaining world food security and food self-reliance for the developing nations is a complex and difficult task, but with increased research and education, agricultural production in developing countries can be improved. Biotechnology applications, integrated into traditional systems, hold much promise in this respect. Realizing the positive impact of biotechnology will depend upon the ability of developing countries to access and generate technology which is suitable to their needs. However, government policies may not encourage investment in public sector agricultural research and the private sector is often underdeveloped. This book is the product of a conference, held in California in April 1997, under the auspices of the Agricultural Biotechnology for Sustainable Productivity (ABSP) project. It provides a broad overview of the latest research and applications and policy requirements for biotechnology in developing countries. The issues of food security, capacity building, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, biosafety and the need for private sector enterprise are addressed.
The book is aimed at policy makers, agricultural researchers and economists, and extension workers.
Introduction: The ABSP; the release of transgenic varieties in centres of origin - effect on biotechnology R&D priorities in developing countries; current status of research on agricultural biotechnology in Indonesia; agricultural needs in sub-Saharan Africa; the role of biotechnology; the application of biotechnology to potato; development of virus resistant sweetpotato; the application of biotechnology to rice; current advances in the biotechnology of banana; the application of biotechnology to date palm; the use of coat protein technology to develop virus-resistant cucurbits; the biotechnology of oil palm; rice biotechnology capacity building in Asia; international biosafety regulations - benefits and costs; fundation Peru - a case study in capacity building; Cassava biotechnology research - beyond the toolbox; developing and accessing agricultural biotechnologies - international, US and developing country perspectives and experiences; international intellectual property and genetic resource issues affecting agricultural biotechnology; SIRDC as a scientific and technology centre for sustainable agricultural, industrial and technical development role in technology transfer; technology transfer system in Thailand; trade in conventional and biotechnology agricultural products; wild biodiversity - the last frontier? developing an agricultural biotechnology business - perspectives from the front lines.
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