Stuart J. Smyth
University of Saskatchewan
José B. Falck-Zepeda
International Food Policy Research Institute
Richard S. Gray
University of Saskatchewan
Anwar Nassem
McGill University
Robert Paarlberg
Wellesley College
Peter W.B. Phillips
University of Saskatchewan
Carl E. Pray
Rutgers University
Sara Savastano and Pasquale Scandizzo
University of Rome (Tor Vergata)
Sara Scatasta
University of Hohenheim
Justus H.H. Wesseler
Wageningen University
David Zilberman
University of California–Berkeley

The International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research held its 13th annual conference in Ravello, Italy in June 2009. The theme of the conference was the bioeconomy, and this topic was addressed through research presentations from academia, government, and industry. Numerous presentations from developing countries highlighted the benefits of agricultural biotechnology in these nations. The broad range of presentations provided a wealth of insights, resulting in three policy recommendations regarding future funding, international regulation, and technology transfer.

Key words: Global food crisis, biofuels, food safety, innovation.