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Food at All Costs?: Investigating attitudes towards genetically modified crops among small-scale farmers in western Kenya
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The international debate on genetically modified crops as a means of ending world hunger is characterised by the polemic between environmental organisations and the biotechnology industry. In African developing countries, the much-needed increase in agricultural productivity could potentially be reached through commercialisation of GMOs, but the findings of this study show that consumer acceptance among small-scale farmers in western Kenya is low. The farmers are not shown to have been influenced directly by NGO advocacy on a local level, but their attitudes are likely swayed by the negative climate of the national debate on GMOs in Kenya. The results also indicate that small-scale farmers do not support environmentalist attitudes, making NGO advocacy and European foreign aid policies potentially misguided in their attempts to promote organic farming principles. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Biotechnology, consumer, food security, GM food, Kenya, WTP
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220267OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220267DiVA: diva2:704527
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Economics
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Ekonomie kandidatprogrammet
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Available from: 2014-03-13 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2014-03-13Bibliographically approved

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