The argument for agricultural biotechnology appears, at face value, simple. Well-harnessed new technologies can solve the problems of famine and hunger in the developing world, by increasing yields and overcoming challenges of disease, pests, drought and nutrient deficiencies. The reality, of course, is that things are not so simple. A more sceptical look at the assumptions of the ‘feeding a hungry world’ storyline suggests some important questions.
Democratising Biotechnology: Genetically Modified Crops inDeveloping Countries Briefing Series. Briefing 2. Brighton, UK: Institute ofDevelopment Studies. ISBN 1 85864 487 9, 2 pp.
Can agricultural biotechnology be pro-poor?