Biotechnology and Global Food Security: A Private-Sector View

  • Walter Dannigkeit


This paper examines biotechnology in the light of the global food and nutrition needs of the next few decades. If all available agricultural technologies — including biotechnology — are fully used, production will be able to meet global demand. Still, the regions with the highest population growth rates will likely suffer from under-supply. To improve agricultural production in these regions is a particular challenge because market forces channel research and investment away from developing countries. Private agri-business companies invest enormous resources in biotechnology research and in alliances with seed companies, but success in a market-driven environment is possible only when value is shared with other seed producers and farmers. Accordingly, the public and private sectors need to work together to exploit biotechnology’s potential.


Global Food Food Demand Insect Resistance Transgenic Cotton Agricultural Biotechnology 
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