RISK IN INDIA: NEW CROP TECHNOLOGIES OR NEW DISEASE?

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member A deadly strain of disease has been identified as spreading fast across the wheat fields of Asia and Africa and scientists are worried that it could potentially cause mass starvation, according to new reports in the Indian and the UK press. The Hindu recently picked up on an article…

RISK IN INDIA: NEW PHARMACEUTICALS & PATENT LAW

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member Controversy over the extent to which private pharmaceutical interests can creep into the debates around public good has arisen recently here in India. A technical expert committee constituted by the government of India to look into the patent laws with respect to new pharmaceuticals and micro-organisms recently withdrew its…

RISK, UNCERTAINTY AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN INDIA

By ESHA SHAH, STEPS Centre member Our time is marked by a rapid technological change and associated anxieties about public and private risks, a significant part of which remain uncertain and unpredictable and yet could have enormous potential to influence our present and future. The STEPS Centre is looking into how different institutions and groups…

LOCKED OUT OF THE INNOVATION PROCESS?

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Wealthier, northern societies are deeply embedded in unsustainable technological practices and consumption patterns, but these development paths tend to lock-out poorer communities in the south. And current drivers of globalisation risk furthering these processes of problematic inclusion and exclusion in different settings. (photo credit: Trevor Samson/World Bank)STEPS co-director Andy…

WORLD WATER DAY 2007: STEPS CENTRE PODCAST

The STEPS Centre is marking World Water Day 2007 with its first podcast, in which STEPS member and IDS Fellow, Lyla Mehta, and IDS Research Associate, Robert Chambers, talk about what they believe are the most pressing issues for water and sanitation. Click here to listen to the STEPS Centre podcast (5.21 mins, 3MB) Subscribe…

WORLD WATER DAY 2007: TOP FIVE PRIORITIES

By STEPS Centre and Institute of Development Studies researchers To mark World Water Day 2007, IDS researchers set out what they believe are the five top priorities that need to be addressed if we are to cope with water scarcity. Investing in rainfed agriculture: Upgrading rainfed areas has high potential both for food production and…

GRASSROOTS TO GLOBAL – THE HONEY BEE NETWORK

Local communities across the developing world facing technological or institutional problems deal with them in different ways. Often, they simply learn to live with them. But sometimes they develop successful solutions, which work well but are not incorporated into institutional research programmes. Anil Gupta, professor at the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad and founder…

AVIAN FLU: BBC RADIO HIGHLIGHTS STEPS ISSUES

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre co-directorScientists in Egypt are examining the possibility that the H5N1 Avian flu virus could be changing into a deadlier strain. There is a fear the virus will cross the species barrier causing a pandemic which will disrupt world economies and claim lives on an unprecedented scale. Dr Zuhair Hallaj, director…

AAAS DAY 4: IN PURSUIT OF COOPERATION

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007   One of the highlights of the entire conference was an evening plenary lecture by Mohamed Hassan, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) and a member of the STEPS International…

AAAS Day 4: KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007 Issues of related to the credibility, salience and legitimacy of knowledge were also explored in a session on “Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development: Mobilizing Research and Development for Decision-Making.” This was reporting the results of an international project led by Bill Clark…