This collection of papers looks at some of the major challenges national governments in developing countries must face in order to ensure they can reap the benefits derived from new agricultural technologies.

It focuses on building local capacity to deal with the complex issues behind agricultural biotechnology — scientific, technological economic, socio-political, ethial and cultural. It also emphasises the need for flexible institutions, stakeholder involvement and democratic decision-making.

Papers that may be of particular interest include:

  • GM field trials: relevance to developing countries (Anthony Arundel)
  • R&D capability needs for ag-biotech in developing countries (Rajeswari S Raina)
  • Handling the risks of biotechnology in the third world (Norman Clark)
  • Brazilian GMOs at the World Social Forum (Victor Peleaz)

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