Position Statements on Biotechnology

Asian Development Bank (ADB) 

Website: http://www.adb.org

In July 2001, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report entitled "Agricultural Biotechnology, Poverty Reduction, and Food Security." The report is based on the study conducted by international experts under the joint financing of ADB, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and the Australian Agency for International Development.
Briefly, it says that governments and funding agencies should continue and increase their investments in biotechnology as a means of achieving their goals of poverty reduction and food security in Asia over the next 25 years.

To ensure that agricultural biotechnology will help Asian farmers, the following general recommendations were forwarded:

  • Address problems of small farmers in the rainfed and marginal areas as well as in irrigated areas
  • Focus on economically important orphan crops, high value crops, and livestock to increase their productivity
  • Develop low cost, appropriate technologies for small farmers, particularly the development of high yielding technologies adapted to rainfed and marginal areas
  • Develop, test, and release technologies that will pose minimal or no risks to human health and the environment
  • Strengthen the extension, delivery and regulatory systems to ensure that improved varieties and technologies will be disseminated widely to small farmers.

Governments in Asia were urged to show a strong commitment to agriculture and rural development and establish clear policies in biotech R&D. They were also asked to set up effective biosafety regulatory and enforcement systems to ensure that risks are minimized. Likewise, governments were encouraged to organize dialogue with non-government organizations, consumers and farmers on the benefits, risks, and opportunities in the use of new biotechnology.

For the full report, click here.

International Support:

  1. International Organizations
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America
  7. Oceania

International Organizations

- Food and Agricultural Organization
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Third World Academy of Sciences

- Agenda 21
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Vatican Pontifical Academy on Life

- International Council for Science Union

- International Life Sciences Institute


- International Society of African Scientists
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Africabio
- South African Minister Ngubane's statement at WSSD
- National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
- Former Kenyan President Moi's letter to US President Clinton

- Nigerian President Obasanjo's Statement


- Asian Development Bank
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Indian National Academy of Sciences
- National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines)
- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir's Speech at BioMalaysia 2002
- Policy Statement on Biotechnology (Philippines)


- Royal Society of London

- Prime Minister Blair's speech

- European Commission

- French Academy of Science

North America


United States of America

- American Medical Association
- American Society for Microbiology
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Research Council
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Federation of Animal Science Societies
- American Midwest Farmers

  • American Agri-Women
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Milk Producers Federation
  • National Potato Council
  • National Turkey Federation
  • United Soybean Board


- Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- The Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities)
- Industry Canada (Federal Department of Industry)
- The 1998 Canadian Biotechnology Strategy: A Ongoing Renewal Process

Latin America

- Brazilian Academy of Sciences
- Mexican Academy of Sciences


- New Zealand Royal Commission

- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Australia New Zealand Food Authority
- Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

- National Farmers' Federation

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