Opportunities and Challenges in Socially Inclusive Innovation: The Case of Genetically Modified Corn in the Philippines

Opportunities and Challenges in Socially Inclusive Innovation: The Case of Genetically Modified Corn in the Philippines

Linda M. Peñalba (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Philippines) and Dulce D. Elazegui (University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Philippines)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4769-5.ch025
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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the opportunities and challenges for modern biotechnology, particularly Genetically Modified (GM) corn, in addressing social inclusion to ensure its equitable outcomes or impacts. It examines the policy environment in which GM corn was introduced and the related socioeconomic concerns. The study reveals that in the Philippines there is no institutionalized mechanism yet to determine if GM corn promotion policies and strategies conform to the social inclusion context of biotechnology. Governance of the GM technology and the interplay of the innovation system intermediaries hindered the full realization and application of social inclusion principles. Interventions to monitor socio-economic impact, knowledge transfer and interaction, and credit support delivery are needed for a more socially inclusive innovation. There should be a continuous interactive learning among various stakeholders to have evidence-based information on the technology.
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Background

Innovation is a social process and this can only happen when people connect to share problems, opportunities, and learning. Anyone can innovate, but practically no one can innovate alone (Lafley and Charan, 2008). The system of innovation approach is a way of analysing innovations’ character, their causes and how they affect economic growth and development in the learning economy (Johnson & Segura-Bonilla, 2001). This approach adopts the idea that interactive learning and innovation processes are driving and forming growth and development (Lundvall, 1992; Nelson, 1993).

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