TITLE

The potential impact of plant biotechnology on the Millennium Development Goals

AUTHOR(S)
Yuan, Dawei; Bassie, Ludovic; Sabalza, Maite; Miralpeix, Bruna; Dashevskaya, Svetlana; Farre, Gemma; Rivera, Sol M.; Banakar, Raviraj; Bai, Chao; Sanahuja, Georgina; Arjó, Gemma; Avilla, Eva; Zorrilla-López, Uxue; Ugidos-Damboriena, Nerea; López, Alberto; Almacellas, David; Zhu, Changfu; Capell, Teresa; Hahne, Gunther; Twyman, Richard M.
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Plant Cell Reports;Mar2011, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p249
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are international development targets for the year 2015 that aim to achieve relative improvements in the standards of health, socioeconomic status and education in the world's poorest countries. Many of the challenges addressed by the MDGs reflect the direct or indirect consequences of subsistence agriculture in the developing world, and hence, plant biotechnology has an important role to play in helping to achieve MDG targets. In this opinion article, we discuss each of the MDGs in turn, provide examples to show how plant biotechnology may be able to accelerate progress towards the stated MDG objectives, and offer our opinion on the likelihood of such technology being implemented. In combination with other strategies, plant biotechnology can make a contribution towards sustainable development in the future although the extent to which progress can be made in today's political climate depends on how we deal with current barriers to adoption.
ACCESSION #
57964635

 

Related Articles

  • Towards Achievement of Sustainable Development through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET): A Case of Middle Level Colleges-Kenya. Chepkemei, A.; Watindi, R.; Cherono, K. L.; Ng'isirei, R. J.; Rono, A. // Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research & Policy Stud;Oct2012, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p686 

    Achieving sustainable development has been very elusive especially in the developing countries. This is as a result of poor infrastructure, poor governance, unutilized resources, unaccountability, lack of transparency and lack of skilled human capital which in return hinder national development....

  • Can post-2015 sustainable development goals survive neoliberalism? A critical examination of the sustainable development-neoliberalism nexus in developing countries. Kumi, Emmanuel; Arhin, Albert; Yeboah, Thomas // Environment, Development & Sustainability;Jun2014, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p539 

    The Rio+20 summit of the United Nations in Brazil in 2012 committed governments to formulate a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) that would be integrated into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) following its expiration in 2015. This decision has pushed sustainable development...

  • Welfare spending and quality of growth in developing countries: A note on evidence from Hopefuls, Contenders and Best Performers. Asongu, Simplice A.; Nwachukwu, Jacinta C. // Social Science Journal;Dec2016, Vol. 53 Issue 4, p495 

    The transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has shifted the policy debate from growth to ‘quality of growth’ (QG). We explore a new dataset on QG by the IMF and classify 93 developing countries for the period 1990–2011...

  • The economic burden of blindness in Pakistan: A socio-economic and policy imperative for poverty reduction strategies. Awan, Haroon; Malik, Sadia Mariam; Khan, Niaz Ullah // Indian Journal of Ophthalmology;Oct2012, Vol. 60 Issue 5, p358 

    State and nonstate health programs in developing countries are often influenced by priorities that are defined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the wake of recessionary pressures, policy makers in the health sector are often seen to divert significant budgets to some specific...

  • Accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals: A Lost Opportunity? Donald, Kate; Way, Sally-Anne // Ethics & International Affairs (Cambridge University Press);Summer2016, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p201 

    An essay is presented which examines the proposal of accountability with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which replaces Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in developing countries in 2016. It highlights the critique of...

  • World Water Week 2015. Tengberg, Anna // Environment, Development & Sustainability;Dec2015, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p1247 

    The author reflects on environment, development and sustainability calls for contributions anchored in the World Water Week (WWW), a conference on water held in Stockholm, Sweden from August 23-28, 2015 themed "Water for Development" for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Critical Review of the Millennium Project in Nepal. Vaidya, Ashma; Mayer, Audrey L. // Sustainability (2071-1050);Oct2016, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p1043 

    “Our Common Future” harmonized development policies around a new sustainable development (SD) paradigm, and experts also emphasize the importance of a democratic and equitable approach to define and achieve sustainable development. However, SD targets and indicators are often defined...

  • EU Snapshot: Helping Developing Countries Reach the Millennium Development Goals.  // Hill;9/21/2010, Vol. 17 Issue 101, p16 

    The article describes how the European Union (EU) assisted developing countries to reach their Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

  • (Higher) Education for Sustainable Development. Jansen, Ir. J. L. A. // Global Watch;Fall2008, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p47 

    The Millennium Development Goals are a focus for action in the process of Sustainable Development. For their achievement fundamental changes, transformations are a condition. These changes can be attained in a process of continuing persistent gradual change and through jumpy radical changes in...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics