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Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa

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Heading upcountry in Africa to visit small farms is absolutely exhilarating given the dramatic beauty of big skies, red soil, and arid vistas, but eventually the two-lane tarmac narrows to rutted dirt, and the journey must continue on foot. The farmers you eventually meet are mostly women, hardworking but visibly poor. They have no improved seeds, no chemical fertilizers, no irrigation, and with their meager crops they earn less than a dollar a day. Many are malnourished.

Nearly two-thirds of Africans are employed in agriculture, yet on a per-capita basis they produce roughly 20 percent less than they did in 1970. Although modern agricultural science was the key to reducing rural poverty in Asia, modern farm science—including biotechnology—has recently been kept out of Africa.

In Starved for Science Robert Paarlberg explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought. He traces this obstacle to the current opposition to farm science in prosperous countries. Having embraced agricultural science to become well-fed themselves, those in wealthy countries are now instructing Africans—on the most dubious grounds—not to do the same.

In a book sure to generate intense debate, Paarlberg details how this cultural turn against agricultural science among affluent societies is now being exported, inappropriately, to Africa. Those who are opposed to the use of agricultural technologies are telling African farmers that, in effect, it would be just as well for them to remain poor.

About the Author

Robert Paarlbergis the Betty F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at <>Wellesley College.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Why Are Africans Rejecting Biotechnology?
  1. Why Rich Countries Dislike Agricultural GMOs
  2. Downgrading Agricultural Science in Rich Countries
  3. Withdrawing Support for Agricultural Science in Africa
  4. Keeping Genetically Engineered Crops Out of Africa
  5. Drought-Tolerant Crops—Only for the Rich?
  • Conclusion
  • An Imperialism of Rich Tastes
  • References
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674029736
Subtitle:
How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
Author:
Paarlberg, Robert
Foreword:
Carter, Jimmy
Foreword:
Bourlag, Norman E.
Foreword:
Bourlag, Norman
Author:
Borlaug, Norman
Author:
Bourlag, Norman
Author:
Carter, Jimmy
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Crops
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Environmental economics
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Development - General
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy - Crop Science
Subject:
Agriculture and state -- Africa.
Subject:
Agricultural biotechnology - Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
March 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 halftones, 1 line illustration, 2 tabl
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Economics » Global Economics
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » Technology
Travel » General

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