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Biotechnology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia

Sachin Chaturvedi (Editor) S.R. Rao (Editor)

Biotechnology along with the other core technology viz. information technology, is at the heart of technology revolution in Asia. Asian countries have adopted strategies for harnessing the potential of biotechnology for their industrial development. The areas of applications both in pharmaceutical and agriculture sector have widened, finding new vistas of economic growth. Policy challenges, however, are arising among others, concerning trade in GMOs, impact of genetic engineering on environment and human health, biosafety management, and ethical aspects that are yet to be addressed at any collective forum in Asia. One of the missing links is a dialogue between natural and social scientists so as to identify socio-economic requirements and policy priorities in the realm of biotechnology and development in the region. This book brings together perceptions on some of these issues by eminent experts from the Asian region. As a sequel to the pioneering Biotechnology Revolution and the Third World: Challenges and Policy Options (RIS 1988), this volume draws lessons from the experiences of Asian developing countries and revisits some of the concerns raised earlier. The contributors to the volume draw policy lessons from country experiences in capability building in Asia, in particular on the role of regional cooperation. It is clear that the Asian countries need not only technical assistance for capacity building, but also financial support to upgrade their facilities to meet challenges emerging from the introduction of new organisms. As most of the Asian economies face common challenges including the management of biodiversity resources, cooperative efforts may prove fruitful. An examination of regional cooperation in Europe and ASEAN may help in identifying a roadmap. Volume editors present a synthesis of key lessons emanating from different contributions. Biotechnology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia is a valuable resource for governments, multilateral institutions, academics and practitioners in the field of economic development and technology policy management.

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About the authors

Sachin Chaturvedi

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Fellow, RIS and Managing Editor of the Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) has been working on Intellectual Property Regime; trade and environment related issues in WTO. His areas of specialization include economics of biotechnology and biodiversity. Dr. Chaturvedi has authored two books and has published several research articles in various prestigious journals. He has also worked at University of Amsterdam under a project supported by the Dutch Government on International Development Cooperation and Biotechnology for Developing Countries. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been a member of the IGSAC Committee of Experts to evolve a framework of Co-operation for conservation of biodiversity in the SAARC region; and Editorial Board of Biotechnology Development Monitor, Netherlands.

S.R. Rao

Dr. Shikaripur Ranganatha Rao (S.R. Rao), M.A., D.Litt. (born 1922), is the discoverer of a large number of Harappan sites including the famous port-city of Lothal in Gujarat. He is the pioneer of Marine Archaeological Studies in India.

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Title Biotechnology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817188346X
length 319p., Figures.