FAO showcases biotech advances for smallholder farmers

USAgNet - 01/25/2024

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has taken a significant step in advancing sustainable agriculture and food systems by releasing a compilation of 15 case studies. These studies showcase the effective use of agricultural biotechnologies in aiding smallholders in developing countries.

Agricultural biotechnologies encompass a wide range of tools, from basic techniques like artificial insemination to advanced methods such as genome sequencing. These technologies have become integral in transforming food systems.

The FAO has been at the forefront of promoting these innovations, recognizing their potential in improving smallholder farming.

The report covers diverse sectors such as crops, livestock, fisheries, and forestry. It illustrates how biotechnologies extend beyond genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and can significantly benefit smallholders in developing nations.

The case studies highlight the positive impacts of these technologies, including increased productivity, improved livelihoods, effective disease management, and the conservation of genetic resources.

A key takeaway from the report is the vital role of agricultural biotechnologies in enabling farmers to increase yields while addressing the challenges posed by climate change. The success factors identified by the FAO include partnerships, long-term commitment, government support, and good communication.

FAO anticipates these case studies will inspire and guide those looking to utilize biotechnologies for the benefit of smallholder farmers. This report serves as a testament to the evolving field of agricultural biotechnology and its potential to revolutionize smallholder farming practices for a more sustainable future.

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