Mitchell, Sylvia A.; Duran Valverde, Daniel; Perez-Brennan, Rufino
Toward a Regional Agenda for Agrobiotechnology Research, Innovationa and Industry in the Caribbean Region
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In recent years, biotechnology has been the major factor in boosting agricultural productivity. Successful countries in the assembling and implementation of a strong science and technology agenda with a biotechnology focus have understood that more creative and efficient means have to be identified to face problems such as food insecurity, natural resource degradation and devastating diseases. Compared to other regions, the technological institutional frameworks for agricultural research and low levels of R&D have severely disadvantaged Caribbean agriculture. The geopolitical fragmentation of the region has placed a major constraint on agricultural research and development. A shared regional vision for the use of agricultural biotechnology as a strategy needs to be pursued. The outline of the regional agenda and the Consultative Group of Agricultural Biotechnology in the Caribbean (CGABC) is given in this document.....