Agricultural Biotechnology and Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Implications for IDB Lending

Jun 2002
This report concentrates on the potential for biotechnology research to benefit consumers and producers of food in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its objective is to provide general guidance to IDB lending for agriculture development. The study includes policy suggestions regarding agricultural biotechnology issues in IDB-funded programs. Special attention is given to the problems and opportunities of biotechnology for developing agriculture in LAC; the implications of biotechnology for public research organizations, including aspects of regional funding for research; biotechnology's potential contribution to reducing poverty, protecting the environment and providing food security.