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Crop Biotech Update

Research Reports on Adoption of Commercialized GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines

December 18, 2013

In 2012, a record 17.3 million farmers, up 0.6 million from 2011, grew biotech crops. Of these small-scale farmers adopting biotech crops, 85% come from China, India, and the Philippines combined. These countries represent an unmatched wealth of critical information and insights towards a better understanding of the social environment that favors biotech crop adoption.

A three-country study on the Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale, Resource-poor Asian Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines was conducted to analyze the dynamics of adoption and uptake pathways of biotech crops and the changes these have brought in resource-poor farmers lives. The collaborative research has extensively provided insights with regard to the adoptors of biotech crops; what factors influenced their adoption; and what significant changes have occurred in farmers' lives which may be looked upon by other developing countries that are likely to commercialize biotech crops.

The research documents, which include the full reports of the Indian and Philippine studies and their highlights; and the proceedings of the international conference presenting the preliminary results of the said collaborative study can be accessed at http://www.isaaa.org/programs/specialprojects/templeton/adoption/default.asp