Sowing Autonomy: Gender and Seed Politics in semi-arid India

“Over the last five decades, seeds have slipped out of farmers’ control by gradually becoming the prerogative of breeders, genetic engineers, commercial seed growers, registered seed dealers and bureaucrats in charge of seed market regulations. Commercial seeds are developed against a background of technological control, economic efficiency and rational management. The commercialisation and adoption of new crop varieties is undermining women’s roles in the realms of seed and crop management, and has serious implications for the maintenance of agro-biodiversity.”

Carine Pionetti, Sowing Autonomy. Published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


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