Peru’s biotechnology industry is primarily focused in the agriculture sector. The increasing focus on the sector has led to environmental benefits as well as the ability of Peruvian farmers to sustainably grow crops needed for consumers within the country.
- Peru’s National Agricultural Innovation Institute (INIA) has been working in the laboratory on a genetically engineered (GE) virus-resistant papaya.
- The International Potato Center (i.e., Centro Internacional de la Papa – CIP) successfully transferred a biotech (Bt) gene (that produces a toxin similar to that produced by the Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria) to a new potato variety.
The Peruvian Association for the Development of Biotechnology is a non-governmental non-profit organization whose purpose is the promotion and dissemination of the use of different variants of modern biotechnology for the good of Peruvians.
The purpose of the association is the promotion of all kinds of technical, scientific, cultural, informative, educational, research, investment promotion, patent administration and licensing or administrative activities aimed at developing the actions of technical cooperation in conventional biotechnology and modern biotechnology, including the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity and that may have the purpose of carrying out development actions that involve national, foreign and international technical cooperation.