This book is one of the first of its kind on socioeconomic aspects of agricultural biotechnology in the country. It covers a range of issues relating to potential, performance and concerns regarding biotechnology in India and offers valuable suggestions for policymaking. The debate on biotechnology so far focused mainly on the likely risks instead of objectively assessing the technology on a case-by-case basis to come out with suitable policy implications. The present book attempts to fill this serious gap by discussing the nature and organisation of biotechnology, present pattern of product development, concerns for poverty reduction arising from the nature and pattern of product development and the performance of the first biotech product in the country viz., Bt cotton. It uses the results of two longitudinal surveys conducted in all the cotton growing agro-climatic zones of Andhra Pradesh and employs a conceptual framework to bring out the performance of this technology.
S. Mahendra Dev Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad K.S. Babu Faculty member, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad Contributors: Andre Beteille, Jayati Ghosh, Ashok Gulati, Jayaprakash Narayan, Deepak Nayyar, Prabhu Pingali, Bhanoji Rao, M. Govinda Rao, Gerry Rodgers, T.N. Srinivasan, K. Subbarao