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Biotechnology Policy for Developing Country Agriculture

Carliene Brenner

No 14, OECD Development Centre Policy Briefs from OECD Publishing

Abstract: • Biotechnology offers the potential for more environmentally-friendly agriculture but the conditions for developing countries to take advantage of that potential should be created. • Policy intervention is needed to ensure that biotechnology responds to the priorities set for agriculture. • Decisions are urgently needed in two policy areas specific to biotechnology: biosafety and intellectual property rights. • Public funding restrictions demand innovative approaches and public/private partnerships. • Flexibility and long-term commitment are essential if donor-supported biotechnology initiatives are to succeed.

Date: 1997-04-01
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