Project Details


Biosafety regulation is an important constraint to research on biotechnology and the spread of GM food crops. In India, for example, some states like Punjab encourage research on biotech crops while others like Bihar will not permit the testing of GM food crops in their state.This project will develop a model of farmers latent demand for GM traits based on farmers' past experience with (i) Green Revolution technology in wheat and rice, (i) hybrid seeds of coarse grains such as corn, rice, sorghum and pearl millet, and (iii) GM cotton. This latent demand is then converted into actual political demand for regulatory action or policies depending on the relative power of farmers in that state which will be a function of (i) the share of farmers voting in that state, (ii) the number of large commercial farmers, (iii) the size of agricultural input and processing industries in that state and (iv) other political factors. Thus, this work will try and identify the factors that hamper or facilitate the development and adoption of GM traits.The meta-study will then supplementthis work and summarize what the literature has shown up to today, while the third part of the project will try and better understand how the benefits and costs from the adoption of the various traits is dissipated along the supply chain and how this might translate to groups that support the adoption of the trait or oppose it.
Effective start/end date9/1/149/30/16


  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))


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