06 Dec '11, 3pm

In Nepal, Farmers Struggle as City Dwellers Fight Monsanto

There has been considerable discussion of late about U.S. agricultural development strategy in Nepal, Monsanto, and hybrid seeds. I’d like to set the record straight. Before addressing the specifics, however, I would like to highlight our strongly held belief that the critical discussion is not about the role of a single company but about the future of agricultural development in Nepal. If anything, the recent debates about Monsanto have led me to believe that what is truly needed is a carefully considered, fact-based policy dialogue among agriculturalists, agronomists, government officials and all other stakeholders on the best course for this nation, as a food-deficit country, when it comes to addressing the fundamental issues of food security and improved livelihoods for farmers across the nation…. [W]hile looking at seed technology to enhance agricultural productivity ...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/in-nepal-far...

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