Assessing the Socioeconomic Impact of Transgenic Crops on Small Scale Farmers

Transgenic crops offer many potential benefits that are expected to reduce hunger in resource-limited farming communities in the South. However, together with the benefits come potential health, environmental and socioeconomic risks. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety states that countries may consider certain socioeconomic factors when making decisions about transgenic crops.

This grant will allow the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and several partners to develop a comprehensive methodology for assessing the socioeconomic impact of transgenic crops on small-scale farming systems.

The aim is to provide policymakers in developing countries with reliable data on which to base their decision-making.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Saturday, March 11, 2006

End Date

Friday, May 21, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Faruqui, Naser

Total funding

CA$ 599,600


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Melinda Smale


International Food Policy Research Institute

Institution Country

United States

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