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Sonia, E.V and Lakshmi , Priya and Aswathy, U (2018) Biotech-Innovations for Food and Nutrition Security. Zero Hunger Policies and Perspectives. pp. 587-595. ISSN ISBN :978-93-87445-14-7

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“Let farmers get benefits of biotech-the majority of agricultural scientists including myself anticipate great benefits from biotechnology in the coming decades to help meet our future needs for food and fiber.Indeed the commercial adoption by farmers of transgenic crops has been one of the most rapid cases of technology diffusion in the history of agriculture…The more pertinent question today is whether farmers and ranchers will be permitted to use the new technology? While the affluent nations can certainly afford to adopt ultra-low risk positions and pay more for food production by the so called “organic” methods,the one billion chronically undernourished people of the low income,food deficit nations cannot”- Norman Ernest Borlaug World hunger is on the rise- the estimated number of undernourished people increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016- (FAO, 2017). Adopting technologies, which emerge through knowledge and innovations are key factors to encounter the complex and evolving challenges of the global food system. That is why; it is the priority of the developing countries to achieve food and nutritional security. Previously, the farmers have a trend of adopting unsustainable and non-scientific methods of agricultural practices which will negatively affect the environment as well as humans and won’t be sufficient to meet the production challenges ahead. In addition to that, the declined availability of existing natural resources such as land and water, consequences related to climate change etc., are major impedances which constrain the global food production.Adopting the new generation techniques and innovating new technologies can help tackling this situation to an extent. There are astonishing testimonials which show that these days, agricultural productivity around the world has been greatly enhanced by agricultural research and has stimulated the betterment of millions of the world’s poorest people.This means targeted investments in research and adoption of research outputs can produce direct and meaningful benefits to food-insecure people, most of whom are smallholder farmers. Biotechnology is one of the promising branches of science which can help to achieve the ‘Zero hunger’ target. Biotechnology itself is not a cure for the world’s problems of hunger and poverty. However, the molecular level engineering potential of Biotechnology can help in :

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Plant Disease Biology & Biotechnology
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:33
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/750

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