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The globalisation of agricultural biotechnology: Multi-disciplinary views from the South

11 – 13 March 2005

Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation

at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Friday 11 March

1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00 – 3.45pm Registration

3.45 – 4.00pm Welcome: Jan Aart Scholte (University of Warwick)

Session 1

4.00 – 5.00pm

Chair: Dwijen Rangnekar (University of Warwick)


Carl-Gustaf Thornström (Swedish Biodiversity Centre)

Public research in the context of proprietary science – the case of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research


John Komen (Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI) (with Joel I. Cohen and Patricia Zambrano)

Public GM innovations, safety regulation, and ….. results?

5.00 – 5.30pm

Coffee Break

5.30 – 6.30pm

Discussant: Muriel Lightbourne (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute)

Saturday 12 March

Session 2

9.00 – 10.00am

Chair: Carl-Gustaf Thornström (Swedish Biodiversity Centre)


Esha Shah (Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development, ISEC, Bangalore)

“Bill Gates” and “Robin Hood” join hands: Development and diffusion of Bt cotton technology in Gujarat


Judi Wakhungu & David Wafula (African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF Complex))

The policy and institutional challenges of introducing Bt. cotton in Kenya: Lessons from select countries

10.00 – 10.30am

Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.30am

Discussant: Shiv Visvanathan (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, UK)

12.00 – 1.30pm


Session 3

1.30 – 2.30pm

Chair: Kathleen McAfee (Department of Geography, University of California, Berkley)


Michael Blakeney (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute)

Global conservation of agricultural germplasm


Priscilla Settee (Indigenous Peoples Program Extension Division)

Indigenous knowledge systems, global food systems and community sovereignty

2.30 – 3.00pm

Coffee Break

3.00 – 4.00pm

Discussant: Philippe Cullet (SOAS)

Session 4

4.30 – 5.15pm

Chair: Wyn Grant (University of Warwick)


Hannington Odame (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague)

Thinking about local set-ups: making sense of biotechnology in Kenyan agriculture

5.15 – 6.00pm

Discussant: Joanna Chattaway (Open University)

Sunday 13 March

Session 5

9.00 – 10.00am

Chair: Elizabeth Dowler (University of Warwick)


Prakash Shetty (Nutrition Division, United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization)

Can biotechnology contribute to improve the quality of foods for developing countries?


Kathleen McAfee (Department of Geography, University of California, Berkley)

Geographies of risk and difference in crop genetic engineering (Paper recently republished in Geographical Review 94(1))

10.00 – 10.30am

Coffee Break

10.30 – 11.30am

Discussant: Tom Macmillan (Food Ethics Council)

11.30 – 12.00pm

Discussion of publication project & close of workshop