Knowledge for Development

Agriculture, food, and water nanotechnologies for the Poor: Opportunities and constraints

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Date: 30/08/2011

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Guillaume Gruère, Clare Narrod, and Linda Abbott, IFPRI Policy Brief 19, June 2011

This policy brief by IFPRI presents a review of the potential opportunities and challenges of using nanotech applications for agriculture, food, and water in developing countries.Little research has targeted developing-country needs and, in particular, the needs of the poor, which has created critical gaps in the scientific understanding of ways to improve the situation of the poor (both as producers and as consumers). Public scientists working in this area have kept a relatively narrow focus on certain applications and may not be aware of the needs of the poor and how to ensure uptake in a developing-country situation.

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