Genetically Modified Organisms : Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions (India)

The application of modern biotechnology to agriculture has courted considerable controversy in both developed and developing countries. While proponents argue that genetically modified crops can contribute to food security in developing countries, opponents maintain that their social and economic impacts are unknown and their long-term safety is not fully understood. Although India commercialized Bt cotton in 2002, amid considerable controversy, no systematic survey of public opinion has been carried out to date. According to nongovernmental and community-based organizations, sufficient public debate has not taken place to formulate modern biotechnology policy, nor has there been any opportunity for the public to participate in the decision-making process.

This project constitutes the first step in an ongoing process to monitor public attitudes toward biotechnology with a view to ensuring that larger societal interests and concerns are included in public policy. The project will also endeavor to build research capacity in this area through workshops and training courses.

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Start Date

Saturday, November 18, 2006

End Date

Thursday, June 10, 2010


30 months

IDRC Officer

Osir, Ellie Onyango

Total funding

CA$ 351,700


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Suman Sahai


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