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About biotechnology

This section aims to explain what biotechnology is and how some of the different biotechnologies work. Three topics will be covered which include:

  • What is Biotechnology
  • Non-GM Biotechnologies
  • GM Biotechnologies
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What is Biotechnology? – Three definitions
Biotechnology is defined as “any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use” (CBD, 1992).
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Non-GM biotechnologies

A number of non-GM biotechnologies are currently being used in developing countries in the agricultural sector. These techniques have been grouped in four main clusters which includes: Microbial products for Agriculture, Applied Plant cell biology techniques, Molecular marker techniques and DNA and immuno-diagnostic techniques. These techniques are outlined below.

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Genetic Modification Biotechnologies
The description below is an edited version of the article Crop improvement: old ideas and new methods by Belinda Clarke.
Why do we need to improve crops?
As the population of the world continues to increase, the demand for food also increases. Some estimates suggest that to provide enough food for the expanding population,
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Seed Industry and Biotechnology

The African-Egyptian Forum in Agriculture "Seed Industry and Biotechnology" Cairo – Egypt July 24-26, 2011

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Egyptian-Africa Forum For Seed Industry And Agricultural Biotechnology

Vision: To Discuss The Current constrains And The Future Vision For The Agricultural Sector in Africa

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Ethiopian Parliament Okays Biosafety Law

The Ethiopian Parliament has approved a new biosafety bill, according to a report by the Ethiopian Review.

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FAO: Better Seeds Can Help Benin Become Self-Sufficient in Rice

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started a US$500,000 project in Benin that aims to help the West African nation reach its goal of being fully self-sufficient in rice by the end of the decade.

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