This project sought to explore how the governance of modern biotechnology interacts with processes of globalisation. It focused on two main sets of actors: international law and institutions, as they set the framework for national policy making; and the biotechnology industry, as it drives the biotech research and development agenda and seeks to promote supportive regulatory and intellectual property frameworks at the international and national levels.
This research sought to assess the ability of international institutions addressing biotechnology to promote food security in a context of globalisation. It identified existing and evolving activities of international institutions in the field of modern biotechnology, exploring issues of competing mandates and policy coherence. It also considered the ways in which the activities of these institutions and of multinational agribusiness enterprises impact upon developing countries. The overall goal of the research was to begin to identify ways in which a more coherent food security agenda might be developed amongst the international institutions dealing with crop biotechnologies.