"Biotechnology is one of the most promising tools for improving the productivity of agriculture and increasing the incomes of the rural poor," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said at a U.N. food summit. The Philippines is conducting research on disease-resistant rice and coconut varieties and virus-resistant papaya varieties. Burkina Faso has adopted the cultivation of pest-resistant crops, and Bangladesh plans to produce crops that can withstand floods and soil salinity.

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