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-----Original Message-----
From: Biotech-Mod3
Sent: 09 December 2008 18:00
To: '[email protected]'
Subject: 65: Re: Pro-smallholder based RD programs in biotechnology for bioenergy development

This is from Joy Clancy from The University of Twente, The Netherlands.

This is in response to Wim Polman's question (message 60) about whether or not there are any examples of "good governance" in pro-smallholder based research and development (RD) programs in biotechnology for bioenergy development. I would suggest that this question is a little too narrow since bioenergy development is relatively recent. Perhaps it might yield more results/examples if the question was shortened to: Are there examples of "good governance" in pro-smallholder based RD programs in biotechnology?

Joy Clancy
Dept of Technology and Sustainable Development (TSD)
Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy (CSTM)
The University of Twente
PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede,
The Netherlands
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Urban energy: http://www.urbanenergy.utwente.nl/

[Pro-smallholder based biotechnology research and development programs are unfortunately not a topic for this particular e-mail conference which is focusing on application of biotechnologies for bioenergy production. There were, however, good discussions of this topic in a previous e-mail conference of this Forum (Conference 8 on "What should be the role and focus of biotechnology in the agricultural research agendas of developing countries?" http://www.fao.org/biotech/Conf8.htm), which might be of interest. The Executive Summary of the conference begins "The agricultural research agenda should be defined using a "bottom-up" approach, based on the needs of local communities in developing countries. The needs and realities of small farmers in developing countries require special attention in the research agenda. Research is very important for developing country agriculture and more public funding of biotechnology research is needed. There is general agreement about the positive role that non-GMO biotechnology research can play in developing countries but opinions are divided about use of scarce agricultural research resources for GMO research. Biotechnology research can and should complement research into conventional technologies"...Moderator].

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