GM rice: will this lead the way for global acceptance of GM crop technology?

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Key drivers for the application and adoption of rice GM technology come from two main sources: the delivery of higher yielding, disease resistant and lower cost rice production and the provision of nutritionally enhanced rice. This points to the technology potentially playing a major role in improving nutrition and enhancing food security in developing countries. It will also influence rice crop production and price competitiveness vis-�-vis the global cereals sector.

Due to the importance of rice in the developing world and the significant part played by the public sector in providing new rice crop technology, the drive to apply GM technology to rice may well result in faster acceptance of the technology in rice than would be the case for other crops. Rice, therefore has the potential to act as a catalyst to the wider adoption and acceptance of GM technology.

The report is divided into four key parts covering the global importance of rice, rice biotechnology developments, current and future economic, strategic issues, market dynamics and conclusions.
Part 1: Global importance of rice. This part provides a description and analysis of global rice production, trade and consumption. It also places the importance of rice in the global context relative to other cereals.
Part 2: Rice biotechnology developments. This part focuses on the likely future role (and influence) of new GM technology. It covers genetically modified traits being developed.
Part 3: The future: economic and strategic issues and market dynamics. This part covers global production, consumption/demand and trade to 2012, GM technology adoption by 2012, impact of GM technology on production, prices, trade patterns, the nature and size of GM versus non GM derived rice market segmentation, requirements for traceability and identity preservation and competitiveness implications for developing country versus developed country producers and exporters.
Part 4: Summary and conclusions. This part focuses on bringing parts one to three together to analyse and draw conclusions about the consequences of the introduction of GM rice on international markets.�
– Data and statistics on rice production, acreages and long term supply and demand figures.
– Overviews and company profiles and traits in research/ development on rice.
– Compares impact of GM rice on nature and size of markets.
– Agronomic traits give the potential for increasing yield and releasing land for other agriculture/water use and reducing overall rice prices. .

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