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Unit 15


Biotechnology and Developing Countries

This unit aims to stimulate discussion in the classroom about the relationship between the Third World and the Industrial World. It is a collection of materials presenting information and ideas concerning both the impact of biotechnology on developing countries, and the relationship between industrial and developing countries with regard to modern biotechnology.

The unit focuses on rice production, as rice, being a staple food for one third of the world's population, provides an appropriate example for considering the question: Would the introduction of genetic modified crops into third world be beneficial? If so, beneficial to whom?


Teaching guide

Student guide

The promise of agricultural biotechnology

Health, medicine and gene modified rice

The economices of gene modified rice

Biodiversity, risk assessment and culture


  • Rice Data
  • Techniques
  • Two Institutions
  • Yield
  • Pests
  • Stress