Making a case for biotechnologies
29 October 2013, Rome - Amid ongoing and highly polarized debates around the use of genetic modification and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, FAO’s newest publication - Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish – turns the focus to the many other biotechnologies available. From the use of flood tolerant rice crops in India, to improving the production of mohair by goat breeders in Argentina, or developing fast-growing carp in China, the newly released publication outlines 19 case studies in which non-GMO biotechnologies have been used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries to improve their production practices and to achieve increased food security.
Andrea Sonnino is Chief of FAO’s Research and Extension unit. In the following interview he elaborates on biotechnologies, a case study in India, as well as why these biotechnologies can be useful for achieving food security.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari