Theme 4: Public participation and the politics of policy

Go straight to the list of documents Overview Governing technologies in favour of ‘pro-poor’ outcomes is a major challenge. The research contained in this section shows that, while there is much rhetoric about ‘pro-poor biotechnology’, the evidence on the ground is wanting. Getting publics – farmers, consumers, traders and others – involved in debates about…

Theme 3: The role of the private sector and corporate control

Go straight to the list of documents Overview This section includes a number of studies of biotechnology business in action, including detailed analyses of the role of the corporate sector – and particularly Monsanto – in India. Case studies from China look at the cross-over between state and private sectors, while the Latin American cases,…

Theme 2: Regulating GM crops

Go straight to the list of documents Overview Effective regulation is an essential component of any innovation process. This is particularly the case for GM crops, where potential risks remain unknown. Impacts arise through the interaction of particular technologies in particular environments. Therefore a case-by-case approach to regulatory control is essential. This section includes research…

Theme 1: Poverty reduction and food security: impacts of GM crops

Go straight to the list of documents Overview Research in this section asks: what have been the impacts of GM crops on poverty and food security? Studies include broad international overviews to particular case studies from India and China. The emphasis across this work is on the social and economic differentiation of impacts on diverse…

Reconsideración de la normativa: las semillas y las drogas en China y Argentina

En inglés Pagina en español (pdf 98kb) Reconsideración de la normativa El proyecto compara la normativa de dos tecnologías – las semillas de algodón y los antibióticos transgénicos – con el modo en que las comunidades más pobres del medio rural de Argentina y China experimentan con estas tecnologías. Utilizaremos los hallazgos de estos estudios…

Backgrounder: Veterinary Science, Transboundary Animal Diseases and Markets

Contexts Contexts for southern Africa’s livestock production systems are fast changing. A wider group of producers, including smallholders, are demanding access to markets and the privileged position of large scale ranching is being questioned. Subsidies have been slashed and development efforts have concentrated increasingly on broader-based growth objectives. At the same time, preferential trade agreements…

Backgrounder: Avian ‘flu: the politics and policy processes of a global response

Framing policy: the case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) The central focus of this project is an analysis of policy framings and the way different actors, networks and interests coalesce around these. The project asks what are the dominant framings of the problem – and what responses do these result in? Through an assessment…

“Seminar” special issue: Knowledge Society

The STEPS Centre held events in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi from 5-13 January 2009 to discuss the Knowledge Society. “Seminar” special issue The Indian journal Seminar devoted a special issue to the issues discussed at the Knowledge Society Debates. Links to individual articles in the issue: THE PROBLEM Posed by Shiv Visvanathan, social science nomad…