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Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies: New Genetic Technologies for Global Food Production

By: David J Bennett (Editor), Richard C Jennings (Editor)

425 pages, 60 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2013 | #210509 | ISBN-13: 9781107675896
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Hardback | Mar 2013 | #199737 | ISBN-13: 9781107026704
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About this book

World population is forecast to grow from 7 to 9 billion by 2050, 1 in 6 is already hungry and food production must increase by 70â 100% if it is to feed this growing population. No single solution will solve this problem but recent developments in the genetic technologies of plant breeding can help to increase agricultural efficiencies and save people from hunger in a sustainable manner, particularly in African nations where the need is greatest. These advances can rapidly incorporate new traits and tailor existing crops to meet new requirements and also greatly reduce the time and costs taken to improve local crop varieties. Successful Crops for Emerging Economies provides a collected, reliable, succinct review which deals expressly with the successful implementation of the new plant genetic sciences in emerging economies in the context of the interrelated key regulatory, social, ethical, political and trade matters.


List of contributors

Part I. The Issues of Plant Science and Food Security: Introduction Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS
1. Reaping the benefits of plant science for food security Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS
2. Global population growth, food security and food and farming for the future Professor Jim Dunwell
3. New genetic crops in a global context Professor Sir Gordon Conway FRS and Katy Wilson
4. The economic and environmental impact of first generation biotech crops Graham Brookes
5. Using molecular breeding to improve orphan crops for emerging economies Professor Ian Graham

Part II. New Genetics Crops across the Emerging World: Introduction Professor Chris Leaver FRS
6. Status of crop biotechnology and biosafety in Africa Professor Diran Makinde
7. Transforming agriculture in Argentina: the role of genetically modified (GM) crops Eduardo J. Trigo and Eugenio J. Cap
8. China â earlier experiences and for the future Professor Lu Bao-rong
9. Genetically engineered crops would ensure food security in India Professor Kameswara Rao
10. Plant genetic improvement and sustainable agriculture Professor Pamela Ronald
11. Nutritional enhancement by biofortification of staple crops Dr Adrian Dubock
12. Transforming the cowpea, an African orphan staple crop grown predominantly by women Dr T. J. Higgins, Professor Larry Murdock and Professor Idah Sithole-Niang
13. Transgenic marine algae for aquaculture: a coupled solution for protein sufficiency Professor Jonathan Gressel

Part III. Lessons Learned About Implementing New Genetics Crops in Policy: Introduction Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS
14. Enabling factors for an innovation-ready agricultural landscape in African countries Samuel Burkhardt, Dr Claudia Canales Holzeis, Julian Grey and Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS
15. Regulatory systems and agricultural biotechnology Mark Cantley and Drew L. Kershen
16. Biotechnology research for innovation and sustainability in agriculture in the European Union Alfredo Aguilar, Danuta Cichocka, Jens Högel, Piero Venturi and Ioannis Economidis
17. Europe, GM crops and food â understanding the past, looking to the future Martin Porter
18. US international engagement in agricultural research and trade Dr Jack A. Bobo and Dr Roger Beachy

Part IV. Social, Legal, Ethical and Political Issues: Introduction Dr David Bennett
19. Have GM crops and food a future in Europe? Professor George Gaskell and Dr Sally Stares
20. Dealing with challenges and societal expectations â the industry's response Nathalie Moll and Carel du Marchie Sarvaas
21. Media and GM: a journalist's challenge Tim Radford
22. The environmental movements' earlier and current viewpoints and positions Piet Schenkelaars
23. Social and ethical issues raised by NGOs and how they can be understood Dr Richard Jennings
24. Advancing the cause in emerging economies Professor Klaus Ammann


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