A Special Issue:

Agbiotech Policy, Regulations, and Institutions





1.  About the Agri-biotech


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts that feeding the world’s growing population, projected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, will require producing 70% more food on less land, with less water and with climate change. Agbiotech is one of key drivers for future agri-food production. Biotech crops have become the fastest adopted technology in recent history. A record 170 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally in 2012, an unprecedented 100-fold increase from the 1.7 million hectares planted in 1996. In 2012, for the first time there were more hectares in developing than in developed countries. The impact of agri-biotech has proven revolutionary and far-reaching. In part, it has triggered a long-standing debate about the appropriate policies, regulations and institutions that can and should be used to manage the development, introduction and use of disruptive technologies.



2.  About this Special Issue


This issue is focused on the role of policies, regulations and institutions involved in managing the development, introduction and use of agricultural biotechnologies. We are seeking for articles that present and used theory and methods to produce or assess new evidence that can advance our discussion of the policy aspects of agbiotech development.


Without restricting the content, we would be particularly interested in submissions of articles that offer theoretical applications, empirical analyses, case studies or institutional analyses of some aspect of the application and use of agbiotech. Each article should address some aspect of the policy, regulatory or institutional system.  While general conceptual work may be appropriate, we anticipate many articles will ground their analysis in some specific context.  Articles addressing issues in any country or region of the world would be welcomed, be it mega adopters or importers, developed or developing country, producers, importers or non-adopting and using. We would also welcome work that addresses the global policy, regulatory and institutional architecture (e.g. WTO, WIPO, WHO, UNEP, OECD, Codex, IPPC, OIE, CPB).  Comparative institutional analysis would also be welcomed (e.g. consideration of the competing Asian, African or Latin American models.


The targeted audience for this special issue of AgBioForum is opinion leaders and key decision makers in the research system, in key national and international policy and regulatory institutions and in the global agri-food businesses.   



3.  About Submissions


Submissions should be no more than 20 pages (or 8,000 words), excluding references and supporting graphs/tables (Times New Roman, 12, single space, 2.54 cm for all page margins). Each submission should include an abstract (about 100 words) with five to seven keywords. Authors should refer to the APA style to insert and list references. The reference list should be as short and sufficient as possible by, for example, listing the earliest or the most cited work of citable items.


Full instructions can be found at:


We will publish the papers based on the following criteria: a) the quality and novelty of the arguments of the paper and b) the relevance and response of the topic to the theme of our special issue.  We will invite international specialists to act as reviewers for the papers.


We particularly encourage senior doctoral students and junior faculties to participate in this initiative as their first step for building real-world influence.


The submission deadline for this special issue is May 31, 2014. Potential author(s) are encouraged to send us a proposal or abstract for pre-review by December 31, 2013. Please send your expressions of interest in PDF format by e-mail to the Managing (Guest) Editor(s) at [log in to unmask] and/or [log in to unmask] with an email title subject “AgBioForum PRI Special”. Submissions should include an extra page of author(s) biography (about 100 words for each) and detailed/effective contact information.


Potential authors are encouraged to use the FastTrack editing system for the full submissions at


Ari Van Assche, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of International Business
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