Living the promise? The role of the private sector in enabling small-scale farmers to benefit from agro-biotech
by Diane Osgood
International Journal of Technology and Globalisation (IJTG), Vol. 2, No. 1/2, 2006

Abstract: Biotechnology and transgenetic crops (tGMOs) hold great promises as part of integrated solutions for poor and small-scale farmers. The private sector, which to date controls most releases of tGMOs globally, has combined philanthropy and commercialisation to this end. Yet few benefits have materialised. This narrative paper surveys and provides a framework for how multinational companies transfer tGMOs. It analyses the companies' limitations, including internal incentives, indemnity and intellectual property rights. Silver bullets do not work in farming, and the analysis concludes there is a need for more systemic approaches and public-private partnerships to improve the lives of struggling farmers.

Online publication date: Fri, 03-Mar-2006

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