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The Situation of Agricultural Biotechnology Capacities and Exploitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Eduardo J. Trigo
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Abstract

Agricultural biotechnology research and related support activities in Latin America and the Caribbean began in the late 1970s. With few exceptions, however, these activities have not evolved as expected, particularly as regards the commercial exploitation of biotechnologies. Apart from comparatively simple techniques, such as diagnostics and micropropagation, most activities at the commercial level are linked to the importation and release of technologies developed by multinational companies. For the most part, the region’s national agricultural research systems are too fragmented and they do not take advantage of the potential benefits of partnerships between the public and private sectors. Furthermore, little emphasis in biotechnology research is placed on tackling the problems of resource-poor farmers. Overall, chronic underinvestment in general agricultural research — and particularly in agricultural biotechnology — is the region’s most serious problem with respect to related innovation development.

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Agricultural Biotechnology Herbicide Tolerance United Nations Industrial Development Organization Roundup Ready Soybean Number Percent Number Percent 
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