NEWSLETTER 2 - 19 May 2014

Bhagirath Choudhary, Director ISAAA South Asia Center: The benefits of bt cotton in India

Bt cotton has been a phenomenal experience in India for 12 years. Bhagirath Choudhary explains the benefits of this technology for local farmers and its contribution to national economy.

Prof. Agnes Ricroch: France must regain its leadership in the development of biotechnology

Destruction of field trials in France have made the country lag behind in the development of biotechnology, even though it had a leading position in this field. Prof. Agnès Ricroch, Agro Paris Tech, sends the message that French scientists should be able to conduct research in biotechnology, just like their colleagues in the UK.

Italy: In 10 years, from 250 field research projects to 0

62% of Italians think that Italian scientists should have the same rights to do research on an equal footing with their peers from other countries. However, reality on the ground is different.

Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) 2014: session on TTIP

In the context of TTIP negotiations, the EU-US trade relations in the food and agriculture sector are now being discussed intensively.  Listen to FFA videos [29:37 – 30:50], [53:00 – 53:54], [58:59 – 01:00:20], [01:04:07 – 01:06:46]

Dr. Claude M. Fauquet, Director Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century

GM technology in agriculture is backed by years of research in order to understand and identify the challenges linked to viruses and diseases.  Dr. Fauquet explains how the technology can respond to farmers' needs, particularly in developing countries.