Biotechnology

Genetically-modified (GM) crops have been planted by farmers across the developing world for over a decade. When GM crops were first released there was a massive debate, with some arguing that they would be a disaster and others acclaiming them as a saviour. IDS research has aimed to take a balanced perspective, exploring what happened on the ground in a number of countries, including India, China, Kenya and Argentina.

The promise that GM crops were going to provide the 'pro-poor' solution to agricultural problems has been challenged, but in some places, for some farmers, with some crops they are offering benefits. IDS research has offered a critical and nuanced perspective often missing from the dominant, polarised debates, exploring in particular the political economy and governance challenges of agricultural biotechnology.

GM Crops and Indigenous Management Skill

This project examines the effects of GM seeds on the ‘indigenous management skill’ (IMS) that is crucial to the productivity and sustainability of small-scale crop cultivation. More details

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre

The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development. More details

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IDS publications on international development research

The development of the IPR regime in India with reference to agricultural biotechnology

This paper surveys debates over the evolution of the IPRs regime in India as it relates to agricultural biotechnology. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Innovation and Policy Process: Case of Transgenic Sweet Potato in Kenya

Economic and Political Weekly [India] 37.27 (2002)
IDS publications on international development research

A biotechnology story: Notes from India

Economic and Political Weekly [India] 37.27 (2002)
IDS publications on international development research

Agricultural Biotechnology Policy and Impact in China

Economic and Political Weekly [India] 37.27 (2002)
IDS Working Paper

Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Security: Exploring the Debate

IDS Working Paper 145 (2002)

This paper explores the various dimensions of the debate, looking at the assumptions of the arguments made by various protagonists and situating current discussions about biotechnology in broader debates about 'food security'. More details

IDS Working Paper

Biotechnology and the Politics of Regulation

IDS Working Paper 146 (2002)

This paper is a contribution to a research project on biotechnology and the policy process in developing countries. More details

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Science, Policy and Regulation: Challenges for Agricultural Biotechnology in Developing Countries

IDS Working Paper 147 (2002)

What is the relationship between science, policy and regulation in the context of debates about the future of agricultural biotechnology? This paper explores the real world of policy-making and regulation surrounding agricultural biotechnology. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Citizens' juries on GMOs and farming futures in India

LEISA Magazine on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture 17.4 (2001)
IDS publications on international development research

Biotechnology for the Poor?

Science as Culture 10 (2001)
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