Financing of Regional Biotechnology Regulations: Lessons from West Africa
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Access to agricultural technology is important for increasing food security and promoting development in many low-income countries. Increasingly, donor agencies and development institutions are supporting the creation of regional capacity for the assessment and approval of genetically modified organisms as a way to promote agricultural development. In this article we examine the regulatory design risks associated with developing sustainable financing for regional implementations of the Cartegena Biosafety Protocol, which provides an international framework for the regulation of transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms. West Africa provides considerable insight into the potential design risks associated with providing sustainable financing of regional regulation.