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Socio-Economic Impacts of Non-Transgenic Biotechnologies in Developing Countries

The case of plant micropropagation in Africa








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    Quantitative Socio-Economic Policy Impact Analysis. A Methodological Introduction 2009
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    The present document aims at introducing selected analytical approaches for quantitative analysis of the socio-economic impacts of policies. In the first part of the document, after considering a set of basic questions that a quantitative policy impact analysis has usually to address in order to be useful for informing decision-making processes; some definitions and insights on policy-relevant elements such as policy objectives, policy instruments and impact models are provided. The document the n briefly describes the use of counterfactual analysis for socio-economic policy impact analysis. The second part of the work focuses on the review of selected quantitative analytical approaches frequently applied to assess policy impacts, such as Value Chain Analysis (VCA), Multi-Market Models (MMM), Computable General Equilibrium models (CGE) etc. For each of these, after a description of their “technical” features, an assessment in terms of data, time and expertise requirements for their practical application is provided. For each approach, some real case applications have also been identified and summarily described, considering the specific policy field of application, the hypotheses to be tested and the policy-relevant conclusions provided by their authors. The last section provides some concluding remarks about the use of tools for quantitative policy impact analysis in decision-making processes.
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    Proceedings of the Symposium on Socio-economic aspects of Lake Victoria Fisheries. Volume 2 (unedited papers 8-12). 1991
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    The IFIP project started in January 1989 with the main objective of promoting a more effective and rational exploitation of the fisheries resources of major water bodies of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. The project is executed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a duration of four years.There are eleven countries and three intergovernmental organisations participating in the project: B urundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Zimbabwe, The Communaute' Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs (CEPGL), The Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA) and the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC). The immediate objectives of the project are: (i) to strengthen regional collaboration for the rational development and management of inland fisheries, particularly with respect to shared wate r bodies; (ii) to provide advisory services and assist Governments in sectoral and project planning; (iii) to strengthen technical capabilities through training; and (iv) to establish a regional information base. The present document consists of five out of twelve papers which were presented at the Symposium on Socio-economic aspects of Lake Victoria Fisheries or prepared for the Symposium by Tanzanian researchers who due to unforeseen circumstances could not attend. The Symposium was held i n Kisumu, Kenya from 25 to 27 april 1990. It was sponsored by the UNDP/FAO Inland Fisheries Planning (IFIP) project and organized in the interval of time separating the Fifth and the Sixth Session of the CIFA Sub-committee for ILake Victoria. The papers presented here are unedited and therefore do not imply the expression of any responsibility for the contents nor any opinion on the part of IFIP. This is the third publication following from the Symposium. After the report of the Symposiu m (TD/10/90), the other papers presented at or prepared for the Symposium have been issued in Volume 1
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    Emergency Regional Support for Post-AI Rehabilitation, socio-economic country studies 2005
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    This regional TCP covered Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. Its main objective was to assist the countries to prepare for a post-avian influenza rehabilitation programme; although – with our present understanding – the challenge has changed to prepare a strategy for poultry production that is not post, but with Avian Influenza in the short to medium term, at least. The project became operational in April 2004. The main activities undertaken by the project were socio-e conomic impact studies in the countries to identify the effect on the poultry producers, especially those most affected and vulnerable and to describe the major poultry production systems as well as to formulate recommendations for both short-term recovery and longer-term rehabilitation. The purpose of this summary is to produce a cross country synthesis of the data and information generated by the project. These include – apart from the socio-economic impact studies - the outcomes o f national workshops in which the studies were presented and discussed and the proceedings of a final Regional Workshop. Some relevant literature was studied.

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