*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 

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) 
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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

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