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International Initiatives in Biotechnology for Developing Country Agriculture: Promises and Problems


  • Carliene Brenner
  • John Komen


A growing number of international initiatives are being undertaken to stimulate the development of agricultural biotechnology applications in developing countries. These initiatives, which include a wide range of biotechnology research, information and advisory activities, are supported by bilateral and multilateral agencies, private foundations and, to some extent, by commercial firms. This study, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Intermediary Biotechnology Service (IBS) at The Hague, attempts to analyse the nature and scope of these initiatives and their potential impact. The study concludes by outlining a number of planning, execution and policy conditions which need to be met, both by donor agencies and by developing countries, if the potential impact of these international initiatives is to be fully realised ... Le nombre d'actions internationales engagées pour promouvoir le développement de la biotechnologie agricole dans les pays en développement est en augmentation. Ces actions — qui recouvrent la recherche biotechnologique dans divers domaines, l'information et le conseil — sont financées par des agences bilatérales ou multilatérales, des fondations privées et, parfois, par des entreprises. Construite à partir des résultats d'une enquête menée par l'Intermediary Biotechnology Service (IBS) de la Haye, cette étude analyse la nature et l'envergure de ces actions et envisage leurs conséquences. Elle préconise en conclusion les conditions de planification, de mise en oeuvre et de politique à remplir par les agences donatrices et les pays en développement pour mener à bien ces actions internationales ...

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  • Carliene Brenner & John Komen, 1994. "International Initiatives in Biotechnology for Developing Country Agriculture: Promises and Problems," OECD Development Centre Working Papers 100, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:100-en

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    1. Kremer, Michael & Zwane, Alix Peterson, 2005. "Encouraging Private Sector Research for Tropical Agriculture," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 87-105, January.

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