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Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries – Institutional and Policy Challenges

This special issue of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation  includes nine articles by prominent researchers and policy analysts. The papers emerged from a research project entitled Making Biotechnology Work for Human Development.

As the editor, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, explains, the articles focus on how diffusion of GM crops in developing countries is being shaped by both global and local institutions (including markets and regulations), actors and processes.

The volume covers a range of important issues, including intellectual property rights, international trade, benefits and risks, impacts on small farmers, the role of the private sector and the costs of regulatory compliance. It sheds new light on both current trends and future prospects for genetically modified crop development and commercialisation in the South.

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