Nidhi Singh March 21, 2017 I PROLOGUE: AGRICULTURAL NEGOTIATIONS AT THE WTO SO FAR An attempt to liberalize agricultural trade and incorporate it into the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) framework was made for the first … Continue reading Searching for the missing link: WTO and agricultural negotiations?
Rohit Sinha With less than a year remaining for the UPA-II government, it has pulled out a surprise trick from its closet. The Food Security Ordinance was unanimously approved by the Cabinet and was subsequently signed by the President of India on July 5th, 2013. A quick glance at the timeline of the controversial legislation will give one a glimpse of the desperation of the government to introduce this Bill. The first promise was made by the Central Government in 2009, followed by the introduction of the bill in 2011. The bill after its introduction was referred to the Department … Continue reading Food for thought: The route to food security
Maria Teresa Silva Porto and Brittany Urick
Food security ranks among the most pressing and inertial problems in India. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India’s malnutrition rate has hovered around 20% over the past decade and is projected to remain stable through 2022. One might assume that malnutrition results from insufficient food production, but India is actually a net exporter of agricultural products. Storage and distribution are the primary obstacles, as a significant percentage of food meant for domestic consumption – especially in rural regions with poorer populations – never reaches its intended destination.
To determine whether genetically modified (GM) crops can help improve food security in India we must understand the following: what GM crops are, risks associated with GM crops, the direct and indirect ways in which GM crops relate to food security in India, and whether GM crops can alleviate the true causes of food insecurity.