By Felicia Wu

ISBN-10: 0833036467

ISBN-13: 9780833036469

Investigates the situations and methods required to set up the recent Ogene Revolutiono within which genetically changed plants are adapted to handle persistent agricultural difficulties in particular areas of the realm.

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Although food prices have become lower and many developing nations produce enough food in the aggregate, many people still go hungry. Indeed, food intake among the poorest people experienced negligible improvement throughout the Green Revolution (Lipton and Longhurst, 1989). This is particularly true in poor rural areas where food prices are still too high, and people cannot grow enough food or buy enough food because their income is too low or they are unable to find food in other ways. A large number of the poorest and most oppressed people are women.

An important exception was the Rockefeller Foundation, which already had a program in China in the 1920s to improve wheat production (Perkins, 1997). But the outbreak of World War II changed the philanthropic programs of the Rockefeller Foundation as well as those of other funders; as such, their efforts to improve agriculture took a global turn. Public-sector funding and leadership turned out to be crucial to ensuring the success of the Green Revolution. The Rockefeller Foundation in the 1940s is generally regarded as the “founder” of the Green Revolution, with its programs committed to agriculture in the developing world (Pinstrup-Andersen and Schioler, 2001).

The security and autonomy of the Indian nation and foreign exchange considerations were the prime drivers in the national commitment to support crop breeding. Although Gandhi had envisioned an India devoted almost entirely to agriculture, many Indian leaders wished to develop the nation’s industrial sector for the purpose of remaining competitive in the world market. They decided that if industrialization were to occur, the wealth of the countryside had to finance most of that industrial development—hence, the need for improved food yield.

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