By Wietse Vroom
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However, projects that are entirely owned and funded by private sector companies, and aim at resource poor farmers in developing countries are rare. Although developing countries are increasingly recognized as potential growth markets, seed- and biotechnology companies primarily focus on the commercial segment of such markets, and the relatively rich farmers. The development of seeds or genetic technologies for resource poor farmers is generally not considered to be remunerative for a private sector company alone.
Rather than a superficial inventory of the formal considerations for technological design, this requires a detailed view and analysis of concrete projects, their history, rationale, considerations and technical outputs. Moreover, the research questions that are being asked inquire into the nature of the process of agro-technological innovation, and hence require a qualitative analysis – rather than a quantitative analysis – of different contemporary projects of pro-poor agrobiotechnology development.
2. What kind of technology is being developed and applied to reach the project’s goals? How is that technology adapted and modified to fit the specific project goals and the context in which it has to operate? Which criteria are followed in order to make the technology appropriate? 3. In what other ways is the project making an effort to reach its objectives? What dilemmas does it encounter and how does it solve those dilemmas? 4. What efforts are being made to involve farmers and other end users or stakeholders in the process of technology development?