Biotech Updates

South-South Cooperation and Biotech in Asia

June 10, 2011

A focused approach to biotechnology is essential for developing countries in Asia requiring closer interaction and effective collaboration. Well developed strategies will enable many countries to move to the next stage of biotechnology development and utilization. These ideas are forwarded in "Contours of South-South cooperation and biotechnology in Asia: Strategizing for agricultural and industrial growth" published in  Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) Policy Brief.

Some strategies required for biotechnology to prosper in developing countries are the need to:

  • Identify appropriate technology based on country needs. Based on assessment and capacity, action plans can be designed to encourage technology transfer and collaboration among developing countries.
  • Focus on investing in both quality and capacity of human resources.
  • Conduct innovation survey on biotechnology in developing countries.
  • Integrate biotechnology in the agricultural and food production strategy as well as to address climate change.

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