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Harvard Development Expert: Agricultural Innovation Offers Path to Overcome Hunger

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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Development Expert: Agricultural Innovation Offers Path to Overcome Hunger

| June 3, 2013

The world can only meet its future food needs through innovation, including the use of agricultural biotechnology, Belfer Center development specialist Calestous Juma said in an address to graduates of McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Since their commercial debut in the mid-1990s, genetically designed crops have added about $100 billion to world crop output, avoided massive pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions, spared vast tracts of land and fed millions of additional people worldwide, Juma said during the graduation ceremony where he received an honorary doctorate. He asked the graduates to embrace innovative sciences that alone will make it possible to feed the billions who will swell world population in decades ahead, especially in developing countries.

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Calestous Juma Appointed as Special Adviser to International Whaling Commission

| January 25, 2008

Calestous Juma, director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center, has been appointed special adviser to the International Whaling Commission. He is to help advise on the future of the commission and is assisting with the preparation of a special meeting to be held in London in March 2007. His appointment was prompted by the Commission members' differences regarding the resumption of commercial whaling.

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SPECIAL ISSUE OF HARVARD JOURNAL FOCUSES ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

May 12, 2006

The theme of this special issue - genetically modified (GM) crops - goes to the heart of the process of globalisation, technology and development. This introductory essay explains how this new technology is being driven by the actors (multinational corporations), markets (large global markets) and rules (intellectual property) of globalisation.