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Politicians and farmers are ‘key to biotech success’
An FAO report outlines 19 case studies of biotech assisting small-scale farming
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• An FAO report outlines 19 case studies of biotech assisting small-scale farming
• Political guidance and farmers’ inclusion in research decisions appear crucial
• But the precise impacts of many of the innovations remain unclear
'Joanna Chataway, co-director of the Innogen Institute, a UK research centre that studies the social and economic impact of genomics innovation, tells SciDev.Net: “This research is a further contribution to important studies indicating that biotechnologies can have positive impacts for smallholder farmers. The case studies provide insight into how the technical, institutional and operational barriers and opportunities can be best overcome and exploited.”'