Rob Tripp. Biotechnology and Agricultural Development: Transgenic Cotton, Rural Institutions and Resource-poor Farmers.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Hussain, Anwar
Pub Date: 06/22/2009
Publication: Name: Pakistan Development Review Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, international; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Reproduced with permission of the Publications Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economies, Islamabad, Pakistan. ISSN: 0030-9729
Issue: Date: Summer, 2009 Source Volume: 48 Source Issue: 2
Topic: NamedWork: Biotechnology and Agricultural Development: Transgenic Cotton, Rural Institutions and Resource-poor Farmers (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Tripp, Rob
Accession Number: 242017206
Full Text: Rob Tripp. Biotechnology and Agricultural Development: Transgenic Cotton, Rural Institutions and Resource-poor Farmers. 2009.280 pages, Hardbound, 90.00 [pounds sterling].

'Biotechnology and Agricultural Development' edited by Rob Tripp, explores how biotechnology can be used to increase agricultural productivity. The book examines case studies from China, India, South Africa and Colombia to study the impact of biotechnology on agricultural output.

The case studies suggest that the use of biotechnology has helped increase agricultural production and alleviate poverty. The studies included in the volume examine the impact of BT cotton and transgenic varieties on the productivity of small farmers. The agronomic performance of GM cotton has also been discussed. The studies suggest that more information about the benefits of transgenic varieties and offer of choices to growers in the use of different varieties, will contribute to greater use of the transgenic varieties. The role of technology for controlling the impact of insect- borne diseases has also been examined in one of the studies.

The book also explores the prospects of using genetically modified crops in developing countries. One of the studies examines the role of institutions in promoting the use of biotechnology. Specifically, the study examines how the poor farmers may benefit from the adoption modern technologies? What role institutions may play in this regard? What institutional shortcomings hinder the use of biotechnology? How the poor farmers may participate in input and credit markets? How the farmers' access to information may be improved and, finally, how the regulatory regimes may be improved? Another study examines the institutional correlates for the introduction of transgenic varieties of cotton, with special focus on the seed and input industry, intellectual property regimes and input delivery. The studies included suggest that more attention should be devoted to the development of local institutions required for technology generation, technology delivery and increasing farmers' capacity to demand more services.
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