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Projecting The Benefits Of Golden Rice In The Philippines

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  • Zimmermann, Roukayatou
  • Qaim, Matin
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    Golden Rice has been genetically engineered to produce beta-carotene in the endosperm of the grain. It could improve the vitamin A status of deficient food consumers, especially women and children in the developing world. This paper analyses the potential impacts in a Philippine context. Since the technology is still at the stage of R&D, benefits are simulated within a scenario approach. The health effects are quantified using the methodology of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Golden Rice will not completely eliminate the problems of vitamin A deficiency, such as blindness or increased mortality rates. So it should be seen as a complement rather than a substitute for alternative interventions. Yet, the technology will reduce related health costs significantly. In monetary terms, annual gains will lie between $23 million and $137 million, depending on the underlying assumptions. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis shows high returns on R&D investments. Micronutrient-enriched crops are an efficient way to reduce deficiency problems among the poor, and related research projects should receive higher political priority.

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    Paper provided by University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF) in its series Discussion Papers with number 18753.

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    Date of creation: 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:ubzefd:18753

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    Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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    Cited by:
    1. Chantal Pohl Nielsen & Kym Anderson, 2003. "Golden Rice and the Looming GMO Trade Debate: Implication for the Poor," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2003-22, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
    2. Kym Anderson & Lee Ann Jacskon & Chantal Pohl Nielsen, 2004. "Genetically Modified Rice Adoption: Implications for Welfare and Poverty Alleviation," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2004-13, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
    3. Zimmermann, Roukayatou & Stein, Alexander J. & Qaim, Matin, 2004. "Mikron�hrstoffmangel? Ein gesundheits�konomischer Bewertungsansatz," German Journal of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Department for Agricultural Economics, vol. 53(2).
    4. Anderson, Kym & Jackson, Lee Ann, 2004. "Implications of genetically modified food technology policies for Sub-Saharan Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3411, The World Bank.
    5. Tothova, Monika & Meyers, William H., 2006. "Predicting the Acceptance for High Beta-Carotene Maize: An Ex-Ante Estimation Method," FAPRI-MU Report Series 44835, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at University of Missouri.

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