Telling Transgenic Technology Tales: Lessons from the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP) Experience

ISAAA Brief 31-2004

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Description: The USAID-funded Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP), which was launched in 1991 and ended in June 2003, set out with a vision of developing and making transgenic crops available to developing country partners. At the time the project was initiated, no transgenic crop had yet been commercially released anywhere in the world. ABSP was a pioneering project which has provided a wealth of lessons. Many of the difficulties encountered by ABSP are currently shared by other publicly-funded programs and projects aimed at the development and transfer of biotechnology in developing country agriculture. The essential purpose of this study is to analyse the ABSP and other experiences, to highlight the challenges to be addressed, and to propose new approaches to project design, management and implementation. (It does not take into account developments which have occurred under the follow-up projects ABSPII and The Commercialisation of Bt Potatoes in South Africa.)
Author: Carliene Brenner
Published by: ISAAA
Copyright: ISAAA
Correct citation: Brenner, C. 2004. Telling Transgenic Technology Tales: Lessons from the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP) Experience. ISAAA BRiefs No. 31. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY.
ISBN: 1-892456-35-4
 
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