Journal Article

An Argument for Deregulating the Transfer of Agricultural Technologies to Developing Countries

David Gisselquist and Grether Jean-Marie

in The World Bank Economic Review

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 14, issue 1, pages 111-127
Published in print January 2000 | ISSN: 0258-6770
Published online January 2000 | e-ISSN: 1564-698X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wber/14.1.111
An Argument for Deregulating the Transfer of Agricultural Technologies to Developing Countries

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In the past few decades many developing countries have liberalized trade and investment, removing barriers to imports and allowing the introduction of new foreign technologies. Unfortunately, agriculture often remains outside this reform process. Regulatory obstacles continue to restrain the transfer of technologies through private trade in seeds and other inputs. Industrial countries characteristically allow the transfer of private and public technologies through multiple channels. Developing countries often force technology transfer through a single channel controlled by government agencies, with an emphasis on official performance tests. This article analyzes the institutional arrangements governing the international transfer of new agricultural technologies, examining the cases of agricultural machinery in Bangladesh and seed varieties in Turkey. The analysis shows that allowing the private transfer of technologies and refocusing input regulations on externalities could lead to significant productivity and income gains in developing countries.

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