Rethinking regulation in China: decisions facing farmers

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site The oilseed flowering season is almost over in central China, and cotton planting has started. Farmers first grow seedlings in nursery patches on the sides of their fields, before transplanting to a larger area after oilseed has been harvested….

Rethinking regulation in China: Zhang’s seed shop

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site China’s new rural development campaign (Xīnnóngcúndianshi) was initiated in 2003 and has reshaped the agricultural sector in Hubei. Reductions in the public sector workforce led to redundancies in the central Chinese province, motivating several extension workers to move into…

FOOD VS FUEL: CHINA’S BIOENERGY CHALLENGE

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member A recent spotlight on biofuels on the SciDev.net website gives a detailed overview of research issues, including risks and benefits for developing countries and an article by Siwa Msangi of IFPRI on potential food security impacts from the biofuels “revolution”. Msangi’s article points to the need for international policies…

FT REPORT ON THE THREE GORGES DAM

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The Financial Times today has a special report by Jamil Anderlini on the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province, China. The report covers several of the issues raised in an earlier blog following my visit to the dam in June, arguing that the environmental and social impacts of the…

BEIJING: GLOBAL FORUM FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The world is likely to fail to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals related to health, the head of the World Health Organization said this week at the Global Forum for Health Research.Speaking at the annual conference in Beijing, Margaret Chan said a rise in funding for research…

‘SELF’ AND ‘THE OTHER’: A SENTIMENTAL EUROPEAN RESPONSE TO INDIA-CHINA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre Member No meetings examining science in society are nowadays complete without reference to India-China. The meeting organised by ESRC’s Science in Society programme on ‘Innovation Culture or Anti-Science Britain?’ on 16 October was no exception. The hyphenated lumping together of two continent-size countries with vastly different histories, socio-economic background and…

DSA DAY 3: GLOBAL INNOVATION DISTRIBUTION

How radical is the change in the global distribution of innovation activities is the question up for discussion first this morning here at Sussex. The answer is “yes, no and I don’t know” says Martin Bell of SPRU Science and Technology Research here at the University of Sussex, who hopefully will explain a little about…

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CHINA

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Guangzhou, in South China, is one of the cities at the forefront of the country’s “ economic miracle”. The skyline is characterised as much by cranes and construction sites as by the high-rise towers which are already home to its thriving commerce. To what extent are Guangzhou’s innovators factoring…

CHINESE EXPORTS: DANGER, REGULATION AND SECURITY

By GERRY BLOOM, STEPS Centre member Over the past few months there have been a number of stories in the international media about dangerous exports from China. On the one hand, this reflects a recognition that China needs to establish regulatory systems to ensure the good performance of its burgeoning market economy. The failures of…

Cotton farming in Hubei province

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member In Hubei Province, I was fortunate to be able to visit two villages and, with the help of an interpreter, talk to several local people about their perspectives on local agri-environmental conditions and the prospects for rural development. Whilst expressing their appreciation of some of the government’s policies, it…