Argentina’s Annual Ag Expo

Argentina’s Annual Ag Expo

During March 22-25 the main farming event in Argentina, Expoagro 2014, took place in Santa Fe state, and recent advances in agriculture and farming were highlighted. Farming is the main economic activity of Argentina, and biotechnology has played a central role in farm development and transitioning to a more precise form of agriculture. Local policies have allowed the use of genetically modified organisms, and that led to a green revolution in the 1990s, with incremental increases in productivity, as well as the development of fertilizers, biofuels, bioplastics and other by-products, all of which have significantly increased economic output levels per cultivated area.  Read more

National Financing tools for Entrepreneurship in Argentina, che!

National Financing tools for Entrepreneurship in Argentina, che!

Argentina created the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation in December 2007, with the principal goal of generating greater social inclusion and improving the competitiveness of the Argentinian economy. The current government has developed a specific National Plan of Science, Technology and Innovation for 2020. This one aims at boosting inclusive and sustainable innovation, by fully using Argentinian scientific and technological capabilities, thereby hopefully increasing economic competitiveness and improving quality of life. The strategic areas for this broad plan include biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information & communication technologies. As regards to biotechnology, a special focus is on development of agrobiotechnology, due to its relevance in economic policy (this was mentioned in my last post). Other sub-areas include health, energy and social development.  Read more

Latin America’s Biotech Meeting

Latin America's Biotech Meeting

The 8th REDBIO meeting took place a few days ago in Mar del Plata, a seaside city in Argentina. Under the slogan “Biotechnology and Society, conversation for a sustainable development,” the event pooled specialists from biotechnology areas to promote synergy between academics, government, industry and society. Argentina, still known as “the bread basket of the world,” is indeed a leader in transferring agricultural technologies abroad (see the recent Monthly Map).  Read more