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TRANSGENIC PLANTS AND WORLD AGRICULTURE
are to benefit from the many potential advantages of GM technology, it will be important to promote capacity building in risk management. In order to be effective, the following objectives must be included:
Build sufficient scientific and technical human resources in each country to enable it to assess the relative benefits and the risks of GM technology;
Strengthen local and global infrastructure;
Monitor and evaluate the short-, mid- and long-term effects of transgenic plants and share data between all relevant countries;
Develop simple techniques to readily and reliably distinguish non-transgenic and transgenic plants where necessary.
We recommend that: (i) national governments ensure that endogenouscapacities are built up to facilitate the implementation of biosafetyguidelines or regulations; (ii) the safe development, transfer andapplication of biotechnology require that nations develop and/orstrengthen policies, facilities, information systems, and trainingin biotechnology (including risk-assessment, risk-management andbiosafety procedures); (iii) nations involved in the development,use, release or production of transgenic plants should have the meansto assess and manage the potential risks and the benefits; (iv) asconsidered in the recently agreed UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,an overarching body should maintain and disseminate a public databasethat includes all newly released varieties and their performancein different environments.