The proposed volume attempts to understand how forms of bio-innovation might be linked to the problem of poverty and its reduction through an inquiry into a number of empirical cases of present-day bio-innovations in Asia. Conditions and circumstances in countries like Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand are quite different and provide a mosaic of varied experiences in bio-innovation that include shrimp farming, GMO cotton, bio gas, organic farming, and vaccines.
Offering important insights into various forms of bio-innovation efforts and their effects on poverty alleviation, this volume is divided into three major themes that organize the main sections of the book—benefits for the poor: actual, direct, and prospective benefits for the poor; absence of positive impacts and institutional constraints; pro-poor drivers and embedding in anti-poverty alleviation.
The central questions addressed here are: Ways and circumstances in which certain forms of bio-innovations affect the poor and enable poverty alleviation.; Critical factors and conditions for improving the positive impact of bio-innovations on poverty alleviation.; Poverty alleviation goals should be the point of departure in rationalizing, identifying and designing appropriate and relevant bio-innovation programs.
- Actual, Direct, and Prospective Benefits for the Poor
- Chapter 1: Biosand Water Filter and Poor Households in the Philippines
- Chapter 2: Bio-Innovation in Edible Mushroom Industry and Poverty Alleviation in China
- Chapter 3: Commercialization of Aquaculture in Nepal: Understanding Its Gender Implications
- Chapter 4: Improved Vegetable Production in Northern Thailand: Is the Innovation Pro-poor and Gender Sensitive?
- Chapter 5: ‘Lazy Garden’ Innovation as a Resilience-Building Strategy
- Absence of Positive Impacts and Institutional Constraints
- Chapter 6: Shrimp Probiotics, Social Differentiation, and Shrimp Farmers in Vietnam
- Chapter 7: Biochar Stoves: An Innovation Studies Perspective
- Chapter 8: Vaccine R&D in Thailand: Meeting Public Health Needs Through Collective IPR Management
- Chapter 9: Biogas Program and Its Impact on the Poor in Vietnam
- Chapter 10: Harnessing Poverty Alleviation Potential of Biofertilizer in the Philippines
- Pro-Poor Drivers and Embedding in Anti-Poverty Alleviation
- Chapter 11: Knowing Earth and Sky: The Transmission of Knowledge in Natural Farming in Chiang Mai Province
- Chapter 12: Changing Trends of Bio-Innovation in Pharmaceutical Industry: Inclusion and Exclusion of Poor
- Chapter 13: Bt Cotton in China: Implications for the Rural Poor and Poverty Alleviation
- Chapter 14: Biofertilizer-Based Bio-Innovation: Relevance to Poverty Welfare