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The Headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in San Jose, Costa Rica, will host the Latin American Bioeconomy Forum from 20 to 22 November.

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From urban farming to drones, innovation can help fill the gap between production and consumption.
by Fiona Harvey

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What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy is a new techno-economic paradigm of production and consumption. The distinctive element of the bioeconomy as a policy framework and a development approach is the fact that biological resources are its material and energy base.

Why should LAC focus on the bioeconomy?

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The objective of the article was to analyze the opportunities of the products with greater interest in the field of biotrade, which have greater acceptance in the international market and the notions of bioeconomy and biocommerce.

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The finite biological resources and ecosystems of our planet are essential to feed people, provide clean water and affordable and clean energy. A sustainable bioeconomy is essential to tackle climate change and land and ecosystem degradation.

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The Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management, adopted at the first International Agrobiodiversity Congress, held in November 2016, calls for “an agrobiodiversity index to help monitor conservation and use of agrobiodiversity.” The book is the first step in the process of creating such an index, which can measure agricultural biodiversity