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India's policy on genetically modified crops

Dr Anitha Ramanna, visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), gives a public lecture on Monday 27 June at LSE on India's policy on genetically modified crops.

The debate on genetically modified crops in India reflects wider questions of strategies for economic development, impact of technology on society, and the relations between farmers, business and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). While proponents of agricultural biotechnology argue that it has the potential to solve India's agricultural problems by meeting the needs of farmers, opponents point to the negative implications of biotechnology on environment and farmer's livelihoods. The business and NGO networks have strategically framed farmers' interests in relation to agricultural biotechnology within the broader questions raised by the debate.

In this lecture, Dr Ramanna draws on her research analysing the policy making process in India on genetically modified crops to evaluate the role of actors in shaping policy, and the alliances forged to set the policy agenda. By examining the politics of biotechnology regulation, she aims to draw lessons for future policy making in India.

Dr Anitha Ramanna is the 2004-05 CR Parekh Fellow at LSE's Asia Research Centre and is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Pune, India.

India's Policy on Genetically Modified Crops is on Monday 27 June at 5pm in H103, Connaught House, LSE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press ticket please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

20 June 2005

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