Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Globa

This book provides a comprehensive overview of socio-economic impact assessments for genetically modified organisms, including genetically modified crops. It features case studies involving Bt cotton and other selected crops with improved traits from six

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Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Global Implications Based on Case-Studies from India

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops “Interesting times, like these, that are witness to ‘Kisan Satyagraha’ demanding freedom to leverage technologies simultaneously with concerns on their safety and utility call for imaginative solutions for growth and equity in the largest-employing agriculture sector. The product of painstaking research undertaken by Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi and edited by two of the leading scholars in the area, this book addresses this issue with empirical evidence from a sample of 1500 farm households growing different crops across several states. It gives a glimpse into a robust inter-disciplinary socio-economic assessment framework that includes cost-benefit analysis with qualitative participatory approaches and choice-based experiments in India’s regionally diverse milieu. Importantly, it argues for factoring in the perceptions of the prospective adopting farmers on the utility, risks, and rewards of the technologies involved. The findings have solemn implications for application, evaluation, commercialisation, and monitoring of biotechnologies in line with Article 26.1 of the Cartagena Protocol in developing countries like India. This is a must-read for all those involved in developing, utilising, and regulating biotechnologies as well as those interested in reviving agriculture and enhancing farmers’ incomes.” —N. Chandrasekhara Rao, Ph.D. (Development Studies) Professor Institute of Economic Growth University of Delhi Enclave, North Campus New Delhi-110 007 “This new volume—Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops— Global Implications Based on Case-Studies from India is a major accomplishment. Unlike much of the literature in this critical field, it focuses on field work, data analysis, and methodologies—in each case treating implementation as a central concern. Most important, it signals the future utility and ventures into the future of biotech, already rapidly developing around the world: gene editing. It should be an important resource for public policy analysts, scholars and practitioners alike.” —Ronald J. Herring, Professor of Government, Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences, Visiting International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University, White Hall 117, Ithaca, NY, USA 14853 “Article 26.1 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) states: “The Parties, in reaching a decision on import under this Protocol or under its domestic measures implementing the Protocol, may take into account, consistent with their international obligations, socioeconomic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, especially with regard to the value of biological diversity to indigenous and lo

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