Biotech Updates

Agribiotech to Improve Yields of Farmers in the Developing Countries

December 21, 2011

Vivienne M Anthony and Marco Ferroni of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Switzerland reported the potential role of agricultural biotechnology in improving crop yields of farmers from developing countries. There has been rapid adoption of biotech crops by smallholder farmers in developing countries especially in China, India, and other Asian, African, and Central/South American countries. Molecular breeding has helped several research breakthroughs but release of new varieties has been slow at the same time. Thus, the authors recommend improvements in seed systems which are vital for enhanced crop genetics to reach farmers.